The coronavirus pandemic is a physical health emergency on a global scale. But it is also a mental health emergency. Our research has found that up to 10 million people will need mental health support as a result of the pandemic. You can help us to keep fighting to ensure that the right help is there when it’s needed: now and in the future.
We know looking after our physical health can help us mentally, especially through winter. Even during Covid-19 restrictions, one thing we can do is get out and walk. Join us on the 1st January to join the challenge and help us support those at the frontline of this mental health crisis.
So… I’ve thought long and hard about sharing this information. The reason being is anyone who knows me well enough will know I don’t like the whole ‘whoa is me’ and I that’s what I want to avoid, but I do want to raise awareness and more so, raise some money for an amazing charity, which is why I have decided to share my story.
Six months ago I woke up to severe pain in my calves. Within a matter of days, I was in A&E and within 10 days I was unable to walk unaided. I had lost feeling in both of my feet from my shins down and couldn’t get my feet to work.
It turns out I have a rare autoimmune disease called Churg-Strauss Syndrome, which is a form of vasculitis. Only 1-5 people in every 1Million in the UK are likely to get this. (I always knew I was one in a million! ????). For me, this disease was attacking my healthy nerves in my feet, hence the loss of use.
Fast forward six months later and I am well on the way to getting better. I am now able to walk without the help of others, but I do need some aids to help me walk safely. I lost a lot of strength and muscle but that is returning each day. Helping with my rehabilitation is a challenge I have recently started … 1 Million steps in 100 days – a really big challenge for me, but I am determined to do as much as I can and help raise money for this amazing charity - Centre for Mental Health.
The biggest challenge I have faced has not been the physical impact, it’s more often been the mental challenge. I have been so lucky with the support I have had from friends, family and loved ones, but not everyone is, so we need the help of charities like Centre for Mental Health to help those who need it, no more so in the next few years with the fall out of Covid-19.
So less about me and now over to you… I have over 500 connections on Facebook / LinkedIn and Instagram, if each of you donated just £1 to support me and this cause, the charity and I would be over the moon.
Thank you xxx
"So sorry to hear you have been unwell Sharon..your courage and determination is inspiring. Best of luck with your challenge..you will do AMAZING. Love Mags and David xx"
"Sorry to hear you have been unwell but you are fighter, you will smash it. Best of luck, sending our love Karen, Colin, Henry & Kiefer xx"
"Sharon, you are a true inspiration to everyone around you and we love you to bits! So proud of you, lots of love xxx"
"Proud of you Cuz. Keep up the fight. XxX"
Kevin and Catherine Breslin
"Well done you!!"
"So delighted you are on the mend Sharon. Good luck????"
"Just amazeballs Shazza !! Your a complete inspiration to us all xx"
Ian and Jan xxx
"Amazing person doing a a amazing job for an amazing cause ????????????????????????"
"Sorry to hear you’ve not been well Sharon Wishing you all the best with your 1 million steps Love Christine & Gerard "
"Good luck Sharon! Great to support this great cause xx"
"Get well soon lovely lady xx"
"Great that you feel well enough to take on the challenge xx"
"Good luck, lots of love. Martin & Anne Deignan xxxx xxxx"
Anne & Martin Deignan
"Sorry to hear you've been unwell Sharon. Good luck with the challenge. Xx"
"Gosh Sharon, so sorry to hear this but glad you're on the road to recovery. It's an amazing thing you're doing. Good luck and take care x"
"Lots of love John and Helen"
Helen and John Clarke
"Lots of love Anne and Mike "
Anne and Mike Hession
"Good luck xx love Eimear, Megan & Brendan."
"1 in 7.8billion ????"
"Your such a brave, strong girl. We have it in our blood to fight. You go girl go . God bless. Hugs and kisses. It's for such a good course. "
"Good luck Sharon xx So so proud of you! Love you ?"
Mairead & Flo
"So proud of you x"
"So sorry to hear you've been so unwell. Glad you're on the road to recovery. Trust you to get something unique! ... :-) "
"You are amazing xxx"
"Keep getting stronger you beautiful lady and I look forward to when you can throw me around the dance floor again! You’re amazing xxx"
"you are amazing Sharon, well done. hope you raise plenty of money for the charity."
"Lots of love, Bernie, Kev and Rosie xx"
"Great charity your amazing cuz ??"
"So glad you're on road to recovery Sharon, all the very best with your challenge. Super effort ????"
"Well done Sharon. Always knew you were a million in one...and a fighter!! I’m sorry to hear what you’ve been through in the past 6 months. Hope things improve for you and you’re rehabilitating well. Lots of love xxx"
"So sorry to hear this Sharon...but well done you??????????wishing you all the best with your 1 million steps lots of love from the Walsh household in Co.Mayo?????"
"Keep up the fight Sharon we are all behind you. I know you will beat this xx"
"Sorry to hear you’ve been so poorly Sharon, but we’ll done for using your recovery to raise money for a great cause. Good luck with it xx"
"Really pleased to see how well you have done with your recovery. You have dealt with this awful disease amazingly. Lots of love xx"
"Good luck. Little steps soon lead to giant strides. "
"Sharon you are going to smash it because you are one of the most strongest lady I know. Keep strong beautiful. I love you lots Claire "
"Obviously you will smash this challenge Lippy! Lots of love! X"
"Sorry to hear you’ve been poorly Sharon . You are a strong woman, you can do this , best of luck xxx"
"Go Forrest Go"
"Sharon you are one of the strongest people I know and if you set your mind on doing something then you will!! Good luck lovely xx"
"You’ll smash it!!"
"Nothing can dampen your amazing energy! Sending lots of love. "
"Always knew you were special! Seriously though, we had no idea you’ve been poorly. How awful glad you’re getting better. How very brave of you doing this... great post and cause. Good luck - loads of love from us, Go Sharon! xxxx"
Caroline & Stephen Robinson
"Go Girl - Great Job - Great Cause"
"You're amazing Sharon. Such strength and determination xx"
"You’re amazing! Good luck xx"
"Super proud of you cuz X "
Sponsoring Sharon is easy and secure with our online system and your donation will go straight to Centre for Mental Health January 2021