North London film producer, Georgia Braham is training for her first grueling London marathon because her boyfriend James has muscular dystrophy.
James, 31, an Advertising Account Director, was diagnosed with Limb Girdle muscular dystrophy in his late twenties.
Since then physical activity has become challenging
He said: “My muscles tire a lot sooner now than they used to. Having played a lot of sport throughout school, university and into my adult life, I miss the social side. Now I try to stay as active as possible just by walking from A to B, doing yoga, and spending time on the exercise bike.
“I’ve also learnt to adapt my day-to-day movement, albeit very subtly at the moment, from my morning commute to just doing the washing.”
Georgia,29, said: “We’ve been living together for two years. The hardest part of being with someone with Limb Girdle is trying to understand how he feels from day to day. “I obviously want him to be able to do as much as he can and live life to the fullest, whilst also needing to accept his limits. So for me it’s a balance between trying to understand and support him at the same time as being positive and encouraging him to keep pushing himself.”
She explained that in a strange way it’s made them really appreciate the life we have together and to see how lucky they are. “In the past two years we have travelled to some amazing places together and we are not about to stop. The training is going ok. It certainly is a challenge but I’m making progress and running further every week. The motivation to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy UK is keeping me going even when my knees start to ache!
Muscular Dystrophy UK’s Senior Events Officer Rory Criddle said:
“Running a marathon is a truly courageous thing to do. Before they even reach the start line and look to the 26.2 miles ahead, runners must find the determination to train through the harshest months of the year and to work hard to hit their fundraising targets. We feel proud that Georgia has chosen to rise to the challenge for Muscular Dystrophy UK and to help us improve the lives of thousands of families living with the conditions.”