A BRAVE teenager who has successfully battled a chronic disease that left her wheelchair bound is launching a campaign to help others with the condition.
Only last year 19-year-old Myalgic Encephalitis (ME) sufferer Jade Hodgkinson was unable to walk, plagued by severe exhaustion and joint pain.
Desperate for a normal life, she decided to undergo a pioneering new treatment - and after making a miraculous recovery is celebrating by launching a campaign to raise awareness and help transform the lives of others with the debilitating illness.
After contracting glandular fever at the age of six, the former St Aidens CE High School pupil, has continually suffered with the disease and has spent most of her teenage life confined to her bed and a wheelchair.
But after trialling the revolutionary therapy Jade, who is now able to work full-time for the family business Roadrunner Tyres in Cabus, has made a remarkable recovery - and now plans to scale England’s tallest mountain Scafell Pike on June 12.
Jade, from Pilling, who lives with her parents Barbara and Andrew and older brother Joe, 22, who suffers from celebral palsy, will kick-off the F.O.R.M.E 2011 campaign at a special launch event this weekend.
Jade said: “From having glandular fever, I never really recovered and it took five years and numerous trips to hospital for me to get diagnosed.
“From then it has always been a fight for my family to get the help I needed.”
Jade was eventually forced to pull out of school because the condition became so severe but still managed to gain three Bs, four As and one A* grade at GCSE.
Then last year a friend suggested a new therapy, The Perrin Technique, created by osteopath Dr Raymond Perrin that draws on a positive diagnostic technique and osteopathy.
Jade, diagnosed by Dr Perrin as having an extreme severity of ME, embarked on a three-year programme, including weekly stimulative massages in order to drain toxins from the central nervous system.
The brave teenager was amazed when she had such a positive reaction to the treatment and since undergoing the therapy has learnt to drive, works full-time and is now an active member of Young Farmers at Winmarleigh.
“We have all been amazed, the treatment has transformed my life completely,” Jade said, “I struggled walking, even speaking - I was just like a shell.
“I was isolated, had no friends and no quality of life - I had given up and my organs were shutting down.
“I never thought I would have a normal life but now I work full time, go out and see my friends and have my independence again.”
The F.O.R.M.E campaign launch, which is taking place at the Elletson Arms, Pilling, this Saturday February 19, will mark almost a year to the day since Jade began her treatment.
The live music event has already attracted a lot of support and Young Farmers have chosen the campaign as their 2011 sponsored charity.
The night, which starts at 7.30pm, will also include a charity raffle.
Jade added: “It will be a really fun night and already we’ve had a lot of interest.
“We are also looking for both sponsorship and people to join us in walking up the mountain to create as big an impact as possible.”
For more information contact Jade on 07920428439