Around 2016, I was officially (albeit without anything in writing) told by my doctor that I had myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). This was after visiting at least 5 different doctors and exhausting all medicare funded testing and countless times being told that I was 'just exhausted' or 'just stressed'.

Thanks to the support of this fabulous doctor, I was put onto a path to healing with countless supplements which, when paired with meticulous energy management and attempts at relaxation have seen me back running and loving it!

Back in 2018, my goal was to be able to run 5km by my 40th birthday. Instead, I'm now going BIG and planning to do 40km! This is not a speed exercise so it will be a long day. I'm there for the journey and the love of being out in nature which was a big part of the healing process.

To give back to those who haven't been as fortunate as I have, I'd like to fundraise for Emerge Australia, to provide support and vital research into this illness and help others to recover. ME is an expensive illness as it not only requires countless tests, doctors appointments and medication, but can impact on people's ability to work and generate income. Anything you can give is greatly appreciated :)

Run details: July 16th 2022

Katie Fletcher