Ridgewood man in wheelchair push

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A Ridgewood man who was diagnosed with ME will be completing a charity walk with the help of his family and friends.

Luke Remnant, 39, from Sand Ridge, used to work in the highly competitive environment of corporate finance.

He contracted the viral infection periocarditis four years ago and shortly afterwards developed ME - a disease which until recently was often misunderstood and misdiagnosed.

Luke said: “It took doctors a long time to find out what was wrong with me.

“There seems to be only one doctor who specialises in ME in the whole of East Sussex.

“The condition had a terrible effect on my family life - my wife and I separated, possibly due to the stress in dealing with my illness and coping with our three young daughters, Isabel, Chloe and Ruby.”

He’s now living with his mum. He says he can ‘potter around the house’ and can walk for just three or four minutes before he’s exhausted .

Luke will be pushed in a wheelchair by his mum, two sisters and three young daughters. Even his daughter’s six month old son will be joining in. Luke’s Walk for ME takes place in Burgess Hill, West Sussex on ME Awareness Day, May 12.

Together with other local groups, Luke hopes to raise a total of £5,000 which will be used to fund research and help increase people’s knowledge of this debilitating disease.

ME is a long-term fluctuating illness that causes symptoms affecting many body systems, more commonly the nervous and immune systems. Many people with ME experience persistent fatigue or main but it can also be characterised by a range of additional symptoms.