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Melanie G.

United Kingdom

Completing the Jigsaw

I am a single Mum of two gorgeous and incredible children – Grace, 14 and Lily, 10. When Lily was three, she was diagnosed with the incurable genetic disorder, Neurofibromatosis Type 1. As you can imagine, this came as a huge shock, but we adapted as a family and sought ways to support her and to fundraise for the charity linked to her condition. I organised a charity ball, barn dance and ABBA night, abseiled down the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth (I still can’t believe I did that!) and walked 100km over two days raising a total of £12,500 for Nerve Tumours UK.

Just before Christmas, I unexpectedly found myself becoming a single mum to Grace, 13, and Lily, 10. Unbeknown to me, my husband of 19 years had met a new partner and my world turned upside down. My mental health suffered, and it is only recently with the support of family and friends, an amazing nutritional therapist and counselling that I feel I am back to being myself again. I used to enjoy swimming and walking but am no longer able to take part in these activities as I have no family nearby to help me out and I work full time as a teacher when my children are at school. I cannot leave them by themselves in the evening so consequently, my physical health has declined as my exercise has decreased. After seeing my friend Victoria’s Peloton, I have been desperate to have one too! It would work perfectly for me as I could exercise at home, at a time that suited me without having an impact on my children. However, as there is now only one wage coming into my household, sadly it is just not financially doable.

I have completed one half of my personal challenge and am now mentally fit and happy with the life that I have. The next half is to become physically fit, something I am desperate to do for myself and my children. Being able to exercise on a Peloton at home would help me complete the final piece in the jigsaw of my comeback.

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