I have spoken before about my on-going struggles with fibromyalgia, a chronic health condition which means that for the majority of each day I suffering with pain on some level. Some days I get off lightly with just a few aches and pains, and other times I am bed bound and in complete agony, and the hardest part is never knowing from one day to the next what kind of day will follow. Alongside that, I suffer with auto immune disease, wise spread neuropathy, migraines and degenerative disc issues which, together, have a huge impact on my daily life.
One of the main things for me is focusing on trying not to let me illness take away any more of my life than it already has. As much as there are occasions when I physically cannot do the things I want to, and those days are so tough, there are many more where I will take my pain relief, put on a big smile, get outdoors and just suck it up. And those are the days that keep me going, the days that remind me there is still so much of life to enjoy and giving up simply isn’t an option.
When I heard about Fenetic Wellbeing’s #OnYourBike campaign, I knew that I wanted to get involved. Fenetic Wellbeing are a mobility company who exist to provide customers with the right healthcare and mobility products for their individual needs, and have recently launched an electric bike range.
E-bikes are perfect for those who love the outdoor lifestyle but also those who suffer with physical restrictions such as bad knees or arthritis, something which I can completely relate to. The PAS (Pedal Assist System) of an electric bike means you only need to apply a small amount of pressure to the pedals to get moving and then the electric motor will step in and do the hard work for you.
Over the Summer months there is nothing we like more than getting out on our bikes with the children, especially the days when my parents offer to have Eva, Megan and Harry so that Lewis and I can take off, just the two of us. It sounds like such a cliché, but when I’m free wheeling along, fast as I can go down hill, the sun on my face and the wind in my hair, I feel completely and utterly alive. And those are the moments when I remind myself that staying active is paramount to regaining control of my health.
The only downside for me, as sadly there will always be repercussions with my health, is that just one bike ride can leave me in agony for days, unable to walk without severe pain in my knees and hips, wondering what it must be like to wake up each day and not feel pain on some level. And so in that way, an E-bike would be amazing, just to be able to enjoy something as simple as a bike ride without paying for it in the days that follow. But still, those few hours of freedom, as I’m cycling through some of Lancashires’s most beautiful countryside with Lewis at my side, those moments are always going to be worth it.
Feel free to join in with this campaign by using the #OnYourBike hashtag across social media.
This post was written in collaboration with fenetic well-being.