As the Olympics draw ever closer, so the torchbearers are making their way around the country as we build up to the big event. Torchbearers have been nominated by others, often for their work raising money for charity, raising awareness, helping others and sometimes fighting conditions of their own.
Yesterday, Hannah Cassidy was one of the Olympic torchbearers in Wallasey, Merseyside. Hannah has spent the last couple of years raising money for her nephew, George, who is nearly two years old. He has been hospitalised for most of his life and only got to go home recently.The doctors now suspect that George has Dysautonomia and that it is affecting his central nervous system. Not only has Hannah raised money to help her nephew, but she would also like to raise money for Great Ormond Street hospital as a thank-you for saving the life of young George. I hope she enjoyed her very well-deserved part of the relay team yesterday 🙂
When I searched for torchbearers with dysautonomia and autonomic dysfunction before the relay began, Hannah Cassidy was the only person I found in my search. But, not unlike dysautonomia itself, she was a less rare type of relayer than it first seemed…
Lucy Fellows has Postural OrthostaticTachycardia Syndrome (POTS, a form of dysautonomia) and also carried the torch on the 24th May in Ludlow, Shropshire. I saw her brilliant torchbearing on a You Tube link that a fellow dys’ patient had posted, and I cheered her on as I sat stranded on the sofa after my physio’. It must have taken a lot out of her to jog and walk as far as she did with the POTsy symptoms of near-fainting, nausea and more. Very admirable work there, Lucy, well done hon’, you were being cheered on by fellow dysautonomia patients around the world.
Huge hug and a big grin to both of these fabulous ladies, x