A positive cycle indeed, OCD-UK member, Joanne Sharman, also known our forum members as Northern Star is facing her fears all in aid of supporting OCD-UK by cycling 300 miles from London to Paris in just four days during September later this year.
Jo, in her own words told us "This is the first time I have ever done anything like this - there's nothing like throwing yourself in at the deep end, eh?!" She also went on to tell us why doing this is so important for her. "My own battle with OCD has been lengthy, since I was 15 years old, and it has had a huge impact on my life, including being hospitalised and having to leave my university course unfinished because I became so unwell that my life was in danger. OCD-UK gave me the support, advice and friendship (in fact, I met my husband through OCD-UK!) that I can honestly say saved my life when I was a teenager. Back then I never dared hope that one day I would be working full-time, married and about to cycle 300 miles in four days!"
It would be fantastic if you can sponsor Jo, it will give her so much encouragement when the going gets tough to know she as the support of others behind her through sponsorship. You can sponsor her through her Just Giving page here. Jo also told us this week that she was touched by the incredible generosity of strangers and non-strangers alike, already raising just under £1400, so lets help her hit £2000!
Click to read more of Jo's story and about her challenge.