Viral meningitis survivor to take part in Great Manchester Run
16 May 2014
A mum from Castleton is tackling the Great Manchester Run to help raise funds for us.
Jenni-Lea Monks, 25, will be taking part in the Great Manchester Run on Sunday 18th May after contracting viral meningitis in June 2013.
“My first symptom was a persistent headache. Eventually it became so severe that it was incredibly painful to look at lights, and I could hardly stand up”, Jenni-Lea said.
She was rushed to hospital, where she was told she may have meningitis. A lumbar puncture confirmed that she had the viral form of the disease.
“I didn’t know much about meningitis but I was very scared when I learnt about some of the possible side effects,’ she explained. It took about two weeks for Jenni-Lea to recover, and thankfully she has not suffered any ongoing effects.
She said, “I’m incredibly lucky to have made such a good recovery. As a mum myself, I know how vital it is that people know the symptoms and that research continues into the prevention and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia.”
A self-professed non-runner, as well as taking on the Great Manchester Run Jenni-Lea is also organising a Fun Day in Castleton on July 20th, with fairground rides, bouncy castle and an auction amongst the entertainment to raise further funds for MRF.