A woman who has spent the past eight years in constant pain is hoping the specialist treatment will help her to rebuild her life.
In 2016 Emma Parslow Cope was diagnosed with the long-term condition fibromyalgia which causes an increased sensitivity to pain, exhaustion, headaches and problems with mental processes.
The 27-year-old, who lives in Thetford, said the condition has had an enormous impact on her life. She has had to leave her job and it has put a strain on her relationships with family and friends.
Miss Parslow Cope describes the pain throughout her body as like a “burning sensation” and she suffers from fatigue and has trouble sleeping.
As a result of her condition she has developed anxiety and depression.
She is now hoping to raise £10,000 to cover the costs of seeing a specialist at the Fibro Clinic in London and any treatment, medication and accommodation needed.
Miss Parslow Cope said: “I am desperate to get help so I can get myself in a state of managing so I can then do some volunteer work to build my life up.
“The specialist should be able to put me on a programme and understand me as a person. I hope they should be able to give me treatment to help me get some sort of proactive life back.”
A keen sportswoman, in 2010 Miss Parslow Cope hurt her hip during a college football match.
She believes it was this injury which led to the fibromyalgia but she was not diagnosed for six years.
On December 31 last year the former West Suffolk College student said she tried to take an overdose because of the condition.
“I just did not want to be here anymore,” said Miss Parslow Cope who attends the Fibromyalgia Bury St Edmunds support group run by fellow fibromyalgia suffer Brett Robertson. “It just takes over your head.”
She is now hoping to help raise awareness of the condition – which her twin sister Louise was also diagnosed with this year – which she says is misunderstood.
She said: “I want people to be behind fibromyalgia suffers. I want people to understand and the more people who are aware of it and understand it the better.
“I am tired of people saying it is not real because I am living with something which is severe and nasty 24 hours a day.”
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