Alison praises life-savers after 'awful journey'
PUBLISHED: 13:00 24 May 2014
A WESTON nurse forced to give up work because of ill-health says she hopes to have finally come to the end of her 'awful journey'.
Alison Marriott was diagnosed with both Crohn’s disease and fibromyalgia, but says she has now found a ‘life-saver’ in the form of national nursing charity Cavell Nurses’ Trust.
Alison, aged 45, first began to realise there was something wrong with her health while working as a nurse at The Royal United Hospital in Bath.
She said: “I started to fall one day in 2011. My legs didn’t seem to want to work properly.
“I put it down to not being fit, so I simply pushed myself harder, but gradually it got worse.”
Alison was forced to quit her job when a succession of expert medics and scans failed to pinpoint the problem.
A rheumatologist eventually spotted the fibromyalgia, a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body.
To make matters worse, Alison was also diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, which affected her joints and bowel.
In need of help, she moved in with her sister and ended up sharing a bedroom with her young nephew – but although she appreciated the support, Alison rued the loss of independence.
Alison said: “It was only when I broke down crying in a shop one day that I realised I had reached the bottom.
“I was told everyone has to reach rock bottom before you start to ask for help.
“It has been quite an awful journey, but I don’t like to give in.”
Alison contacted the Royal College of Nursing Foundation who, in turn, referred her to Cavell Nurses’ Trust.
That resulted earlier this year in Alison receiving a grant of £600 towards a washing machine, fridge freezer and other essential household items. Alison added: “The trust has been absolutely fantastic. In a way they have been life-savers.”