Today was the day I completed the 5km Walk It event in London, organised by Crohn’s & Colitis UK.
I did the walk with my Dad and my friend Jaz, two of my best friends. I’ve known Jaz since the first day of year 7 back in September 2005. Our surnames were near each other in the register and we sat next to each other in a few subjects and things just went from there. She’s my crazy ginger sister (even though she isn’t ginger, but she was temporarily when the red hair dye didn’t quite turn her hair red!). In the 12 years I’ve known her we’ve lived in 3 different counties, 3 different time zones and 4 different countries. Although we go months without seeing each other, and sometimes weeks without speaking, I think our friendship is stronger than ever and she always will be like a sister to me.
When I came back from Turkey we had the crazy idea of climbing the Three Peaks together, however those plans never actually happened due to my unplanned hospital admission so instead we decided to do Walk It London instead and try to raise as much money as possible.
It was an early morning to get to London for the start of the event at 11am, but it was worth it. As I walked into the park I felt quite emotional. Everyone always tells you you’re not alone in your diagnosis and journey, and although I know I’ve got a support network, sometimes you can’t help but feel lonely because there’s only so many people who just get it. Seeing the hundreds of people there all there for the same case mad me want to cry, but I knew if I started I wouldn’t stop.
In the end we walked the 5km in just over 50 minutes. I’m not sure if that’s a good time or not but we didn’t stop so I think it’s a good time considering that some days I still struggle to get out of bed. We also raised a massive £685 for the charity. I originally set my target at £100 because this was enough to send out information packs to 10 families who have been affected by IBD and the information packs I was given have helped me more than I can put into words. £100 was also enough to fund a whole days worth of research into IBD and trying to find a cause and a cure.
I am so beyond grateful to everyone who has sponsored me because the amount we’ve raised can go towards a whole week of research. This may not seem like much, but one day there will be a cure and it’s only through research that we will find that.
Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me and my family so far on this journey. Unfortunately, the end is not in sight, however the future doesn’t seem as bleak and dark as it used to. Thank you for standing by me and thank you for continuing to be you.