Storrington woman with chronic pain condition to walk 100km to support others like her
A Storrington woman who has a chronic pain condition has challenged herself to walk 100km this summer for a charity supporting people like herself.
Jenny Oborne – who suffers from CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome) – will be taking on the South West Coast 2 Coast Challenge on Saturday, July 24.
The fundraiser will see the 27-year-old take off from Somerset – on the south bank of the Bristol Channel – down to a seaside town on the southern coast of Devon.
She said: “Now that I am mobile and my condition is stable, I am walking to raise money for CRPSUK who support sufferers like myself within the UK.
“My walk is organised through Ultra Challenge and I will be walking from Minehead to Dawlish which will be a real test for my body.
She added: “Please give what you can to this amazing charity.”
CRPS is a chronic pain condition which results in distorted sensations, discolouration, swelling, unexplained extreme pain to non painful stimuli, extreme allodynia (sensitivity), loss of function in the affected limb which leads to muscle wastage as well as many other symptoms.
In Jenny’s case it started after a work injury in 2014. She said: “I was working as a student veterinary nurse and was badly bitten by a cat on my right hand.
“It took a year for a doctors, consultants and physiotherapists to diagnose me with CRPS. The condition spread to my left leg and I became dependent on the use of crutches and a wheelchair along with many household adaptions to maintain my mobility and independence.
“In 2018 I had spinal cord stimulator surgery which changed my life for the better and reduced the pain by half resulting in being able to gain strength in my leg, hand and arm and eventually being able to walk unaided and being able to pick objects up with my hand and write with a pen again.
“I have since returned to my veterinary nursing career full time and am so grateful to all the surgeons at St Thomas’ Hospital in London for giving me another opportunity to live a normal life.”
Jenny hopes to raise £500, and donations can be made at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/jennyoborne