Swimming is one exercise Joanna can do without risking injury
I have taken on the Aspire Channel Swim before, a few years back, and it’s a great challenge. I decided to take on the Swim again this year because we live in very strange times and I can imagine that a lot of charities are struggling with fundraising. I am always more than happy to donate and decided it’s time to do a bit more than that.
I used to swim regularly, then life happened, and I didn’t have enough time/the will/swimming pool (you pick my excuse). I missed swimming during lockdown very much. Cabin fever kicked in as I was working from home, so it felt absolutely amazing to get back in the pool again and I was relieved to be able go back. You get to appreciate doing things we all took for granted before.
I swim at David Lloyds in Bushey and because of Covid-19, they have reduced the numbers of people in the pool and are cleaning more often. At first, I found swimming more difficult than usual, but it only took few lapses to feel at ‘home’ again.
I suffer from Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS), which means I have constant and excruciating joint pains and swimming is one of very few exercises I can do without the risk of injury. It’s also very calming.
For my fundraising, I started by reaching out to my friends and family. I explained what I’m doing and why and - trust me - people are willing to support. We now need the sense of togetherness even more than before. I am going to try to use my Instagram account to reach out to more people. I’ve also ordered a T-shirt and canvas bag from the Aspire shop so hopefully that will get the conversion going at my leisure centre.
I don’t know anyone with a spinal cord injury but I do, however, know quite a few ladies from an EDS support group that are using wheelchairs due to issues with their joints.
I consider myself very lucky that my mobility is not so severely affected. Anyone that has less mobility needs support and what Aspire does is invaluable.