Amy Bletsoe

Hey!


My story is a long one, but I’ll try and keep it brief!
I used to be fit and well. I used to run, do keep fit classes, go to the gym!
Then I started upping my game. I began doing triathlons, running half marathons, I ran the Great North Run a few times (it’s the best run ever), I cycled London to Paris. Twice! Once in four days and once in 24 hours!!! I’ve ran a marathon! But then suddenly my world came crashing down before my very eyes.
I can’t even explain how Ill I became. Only people suffering with thyroid problems would understand. But at that time I didn’t know what was wrong with me. My young daughter was looking after me at home because I was too ill to look after myself. And I was also so angry and frustrated with myself that I couldn’t train and I didn’t know what was going wrong with my body. I used to do some kind of sport everyday so being so immobile was killing me!
I spent lots of time going to see doctors, consultants, I was always at hospital. Life was grim.
Diagnosis was autoimmune thyroiditis. Hashimotos. Cool name hey! Hypothyroidism. My thyroid didn’t work properly but I also had the autoimmune disease to add in the mix! Great!
I wasn’t to be beaten but sports and training had to take a back seat. I wasn’t able to do it.
It’s been very tough. I’ve had to fight demons along the way because I’ve had to give up a life that I loved and accept what my life is now.
But when I saw that the GNR was celebrating its 40th year in 2020 and I too was celebrating my 40th birthday it was an absolute must that I run the GNR one last time! I will crawl over that line if I have to, but I’ll make it just for that medal and to prove I’ve still got it!

Amy Bletsoe