A woman who suffers from a rare neurological condition cheered on her friend as she completed a triathlon in aid of the charity searching for a cure.
Annabelle Moult was diagnosed with neuromyelitis optica – known as NMO – five years ago following two years of tests after she experienced blurred vision and pins and needles one morning in 2007.
Friend Lucy O’Hare, 35, took on the Blenheim Palace Triathlon last weekend and has raised £3,200 so far for the Guthy Jackson Foundation in America, which is researching into the uncommon condition which means the mylein sheath – a fatty tissue surrounding the nerves – breaks down a lot faster than it should.
Though she spent six months in hospital and is now wheelchair-bound and registered blind, Annabelle doesn’t let it get her down and tries to stay positive.
The 31-year-old, who lives with husband Danny in Long Crendon, said: “I always try to maintain a sense of humour and never say ‘why me?’ because why shouldn’t it be me?
“My friends and family have been amazing and I couldn’t have got to where I am today without their help, love and support.”
Annabelle, who works as an assistant logistics manager in Westcott, Aylesbury, said: “The unfortunate thing is that NMO is such a rare illness that there is not the awareness or money for research.
“They say it is incurable, but I say never say never. One day my illness will go and I will see and walk again.”