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Lisa P.

United Kingdom

Light at the end of the tunnel... hopefully

Lisa is a mum to 3 disabled kids. 2 boys and a girl. Due to lockdown, Lisa has had to juggle the usual demands of being a mum, with being a full-time cook, cleaner and teacher, as two of the boys have not been able to attend school in any capacity since March 2020; her daughter has complex health needs and attends a special school. Last year, Lisa lost her grandad and six weeks after becoming a proud grandmother, tragedy struck and her grandson sadly passed away. The grief process for her youngest boy who suffers from Autism and severe asthma found this process particularly difficult. He had been advised by a doctor that he needed to shield meaning he was unable to start at his new school. Dealing with grief, being unable to see his friends, elderly grandparents and those usually relied on for childcare has left Lisa with a very needy boy who sleeps less than two hours a night, and the home educating challenges, raising 100’s for bone cancer as well as dealing with her own grief. Despite this, Lisa has risen to it and addressed her own issues as well as those of the children without the usual support network. This pandemic has come at a time that could potentially have compounded so many issues she was addressing following an extremely difficult pregnancy in which she was unable to eat or drink without severe sickness. Lisa became emaciated, losing almost 5 stone and causing long term damage to her ability to digest. Despite all these challenges, Lisa took up exercise to give her focus, cycling has become a real passion. Despite financial issues, Lisa saved, managing to buy a spin bike for home use, committing to use it daily following the programs on her Peloton App. Unfortunately, after a few short weeks the bike developed a fault and is considered irreparable, the quest to replace it has been slow and hard following a breakdown of a dryer and a washer in Sept. Lisa would love the chance to own a Peloton, please make her happy again.

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