Rebecca’s Fun Run for Lupus UK

3 years ago Rebecca Scott had been in hospital for what seemed like an eternity. After a series of tests, Rebecca was diagnosed with Lupus. This was a particularly tough time for her and her family as many of them didn’t really know what that meant.

For those unfamiliar with Lupus, it is a long-term condition causing inflammation to the joints, skin and other organs. There’s no cure, but symptoms can improve if treatment starts early.

Speaking about Lupus, Rebecca said:

“There is a lot of fatigue which is very different to being tired. When you’re tired you know that when you are going to get sleep you will feel better but with fatigue it’s a lack of energy, it’s not being able to sleep, it’s mental and physical exhaustion.”

“Throughout the day my body can change without any warning. I can get sharp pains in my hips, my knees will ache, my hands will hurt or my legs will become sleepy. Most nights I get really bad muscle pain which disrupts a lot of my sleep”

6 months after being diagnosed, Rebecca was told she would be starting chemotherapy. Her Lupus had started to have a major impact on her kidneys and this was the best solution. Over the course of the next few weeks Rebecca contracted a stomach bug, Sepsis and Meningitis. She spent almost every day going in and out of the hospital until she was finally fit enough to return to work.

The effects that Lupus has had on Rebecca’s appearance (above)

2 years on and Rebecca is still managing her Lupus through chemotherapy and prescription drugs.

“Things have gotten a lot easier but with Lupus any day can dramatically change”

Rebecca has decided to take part in Big Fun Run Manchester in support of Lupus UK. Speaking about Big Fun Run Rebecca stated:

“I chose Big Fun Run because it seemed to be a more light hearted event. Something which doesn’t feel like I’d be doing it by myself, I was able to choose my charity and it is close to home.”

“It seemed like a really nice way to raise awareness of my illness, I’m always very positive and open about it so people understand. It doesn’t have to be negative”

To read more about Rebecca’s story and to fundraise please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lupussuckss

She also has a blog that she wrote during her initial diagnosing and Rebecca would love you to take a look: https://mylupusweb.wordpress.com

The Big Fun Run promises a fun, relaxed atmosphere and is the perfect challenge to set yourself in 2019. To find out more about the 2019 Series and find events near you, visit www.bigfunrun.com.