Alex Jakobson wrote -
On the 18th February 2007 I unknowingly got my first signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis whilst playing centre mid for the British Embassy FC in Paris. 3 weeks later I hadn't slept in a week because of the pain. On the day I took myself to hospital Sophie had to button my shirt, my legs and arms would not straighten, and it took me 5 painful minutes to walk accross the living room to the door.
Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis was excrutiating, and coming to terms with not being able to twist door handles, carry your partners luggage, shake peoples hands was despairing.
My optimism came back when I decided that I was going to take responsibility to heal myself, rather then simply rely on doctors to get me better (remember the 2 year raw diet!) I met many inspiring people on my journey to recovery and having the support of my family and friends made me realise what was most important in life.
Now exactly 10 years later I am going to climb Mount Kilimanjaro NEXT WEEK and raise money for the Arthritis Foundation. Mount Kilimanjaro is no mean feat. It is the tallest mountain in the African Continent (and the highest free-standing mountain in the world). My adventure will be an 8 day climb, with the final hike to the peak starting at midnight, reaching the summit at dawn and then an 8 hour decent to the camp below. I will travel through bushland, rain forest, desert and arctic conditions as I make my way up to 19,341ft, with temperatures ranging from as hot as 30C to as cold as -27C at night.
I hope you will take heart and show your support - any amount small or big is hugely appreciated!
Yours, blisters, chaffing and all ..... Alex