I know this isn’t my usual type of post, but what’s the point of having a blog if we can’t use it to promote awareness of serious health issues when we know those affected?
Meet my sister in law, Becky Chapman:
Becky is a twenty eight year old, mother of four from Essex, England. Becky was diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy at the age of four. She had two more episodes since her initial diagnosis at the age of eleven, and then again at sixteen.
Bell’s Palsy is part of the herpes virus that can lie dormant, but be triggered by illness, stress, and by coming into contact with chicken pox, and measles. The sufferer can experience facial paralysis, loss of taste, ear pain, eye problems, slurred speech, reduced sense of taste, numbness, and sensitivity to sound.
Now, Becky has been diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome brought on by shingles in her inner ear. Ramsay Hunt Syndrome has similar symptoms to Bell’s Palsy, and has caused Becky motor neuron issues. Becky has her worst case of facial paralysis to date. The duration of the symptoms can be from weeks to months, and can cause long term damage.
In her video, Becky bravely tells the world what she is going through and the struggles she is facing. She also expresses empathy to those who suffer with the symptoms on a daily basis, and has started fundraising!
Please watch Becky’s heart felt, courageous video to raise awareness of these illnesses: Support Becky and Raise Awareness
Here is the link for Becky’s fundraising page: Fundraising for Bell’s Palsy, Ramsay Hunt Syndrome & MND
Thank you all for your support and for taking the time to read this important post!