Woking: Despite painful fibromygelia Caroline swims in memory of her less fortunate relatives
Having fibromygelia may cause some people to be less mobile but not Caroline owner and therapist of Shine. Although suffering from daily pain she is a respected beauty/massage therapist who helps and supports her clients to improve their health, beauty and to reduce muscle aches and pains.
The 41 year old who is the owner and senior therapist of Shine Beauty and Well Being is taking part in a sponsored swim challenge for the Marie Curie Cancer Care. She has already completed 8 sessions of 60 lenghts of Woking’s Pool in the Park (1.5 k or slightly under a mile) and has half to go of her 17 session swim challenge.
Caroline is swimming solo, completing 4 sessions a week during the month of April in memory of her aunt who died of breast cancer in 1982 and her grandmother who suffered with rheumatoid arthiritis from the age of 18 years of age. Caroline has had difficulties during her swim, including sinusitis, muscle cramps, a cold, ear problems and muscle aches and pains, but has been determined to continue and complete her goal.
She said “I consider myself very fortunate, that I have been inspired by my strong female relatives and can help people who are less fortunate than myself. I want to support Marie Curie Cancer Care because it provides free nursing care to cancer patients and those with other terminal illnesses in their own homes.
Although Caroline has had fibromygelia since she was a teenager she has learnt from her grandmother that pain can be reduced by keeping active and being determined to achieve her dreams. She also promised her aunt to help others that are in pain and as a result trained as a beautician, body & massage therapist and electrologist in 1994.
She says “I am so lucky to have a business and to work in an industry where I can reduce people muscle aches & pains and help people feel better about themselves. It also means that I have to keep active on a daily basis and swimming helps me so I can keep physically strong to work long hours in my beauty therapist practice. I have also been so lucky to have had celebrity and lovely clients who have enjoyed the quality treatments I offer which has meant I have amongst the most testimonials on the best of woking website. It is so rewarding when your customers take time to write a testimonial for your business and service.”
She hopes that with her swimming she can raise over £500.00 for Marie Curie Cancer Care. She says “If everyone I know puts in a £1.00 or more we could achieve this target together for this worthy cause. Finding out a loved one is terminally ill is terrible. However, I beleive that for my aunt’s family it would have been better to have spent and enjoyed her last days at home where she felt most comfortable.”
To sponsor Caroline log on to www.shinewoking.co.uk to access a link to her charity swim a thon page. Thank you for your support.
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