Jo's Story

Jo's familyJo, a keen runner was diagnosed with RA two years ago. When she got a painful ankle and a sore knee she thought she had trained too hard, when her wrists started to hurt too and she was stiff getting up in the mornings she thought something must be wrong. 

Blood tests showed nothing whilst symptoms continued, Jo was too tired to get up at night for her twins, her feet hurt too much to walk and her hands were sore and swollen. Finally, after seeing a consultant she was diagnosed with RA, not detected by blood tests. On occasions flare ups would confine her to bed or put her in hospital.

Now taking three drugs daily Jo is ready to take on her third fundraising run, the second of which is for NRAS. She has finally decided that as her twins are now 3 years old the time is right for her to take her disease by the horns and stop it from seeping into her life. The Royal Parks Half Marathon is Jo’s first half marathon and she is petrified! She has been incredibly inspired by other people living with RA who have run the London Marathon and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro that she wanted to do something too!  Her mother has also inspired her as she lived with RA for many years but didn’t let it overcome her.

Joanna and husband

Jo knows that living with RA means she has to change the way she does things, she has always been a keen runner having done cross country from the age of 11, she has always turned to running as a way of keeping fit.  When Jo got her diagnosis she stopped running completely, not only because she was in so much pain but she was concerned that running would damage her joints. With the right level of coaching and listening to her body Jo feels she can complete a half marathon and that it will be incredibly rewarding, no matter what she will cross the finish line!

Jo will take on the 13.1 mile course on the 9th October in London, with the route starting and finishing in Hyde Park.This will be an incredible achievement for Jo and she is well on her way to reaching her £1500 target, take a look at her Virgin Money Giving page here

We wish Jo all the very best for the big day, our fundraising team will be there to cheer her on, come rain or shine and to see her cross the finish line in style.