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Walk with M.E. - Natalie's story

January 17, 2018

“I can’t count the number of times I cried wanting to be out with my friends and having other outside company besides the TV. All I wanted was to have a future that was positive and to plan for a family and career.

“I wasn't exactly living but existing, my daily life consisted of trying to get out of bed after sleeping on average 14 hours and making it to the sofa to nap.

“I had to plan my days by knowing that if I was meeting friends that evening I couldn’t do much during the day and knowing the day after would be a rest day. I could gradually build this up by going into town during the day and sleeping in the afternoon, now I can work 8 hours and then go straight out for dinner and be able to go to work the next day.

“I am taking part in the 1 million steps in 100 days challenge as I know I can now contribute or hopefully even break the target by myself, as a few years ago I never thought I would even live a 'normal' life again.”

Natalie Boyte is one of the many people taking part in Walk with M.E. 2018, a sponsored team walk specially designed for people affected by M.E. and their friends and families. This year, every penny raised through Walk with M.E. is being doubled due to a generous match funding proposal from a generous family trust that is supporting us.

Walk with M.E. is the brainchild of Action for M.E. fundraiser Natalie, who was diagnosed in 2010. Twelve months on, Natalie has kindly agreed to us launching Walk with M.E. 2018 – and we’d love you to get involved.

We're asking our supporters to set up Walk with M.E. teams, with each team walking a total of one million steps over 100 hundred days, ending on M.E. Awareness Day. By doing the event as a team, participants who aren’t able to walk much don’t need to feel under pressure to do a certain number of steps. 

Find out more about Walk with M.E. and how you can get involved.