An electric bike can help me on the way to recovery and win me some of my freedom back!
I'm a 41 year single mother suffering from fibromyalgia. I was diagnosed in 2007. By that time I had already been ill for 4 years. The past 3 years my health has deteriorated, and I'm now totally dependent on help from my family and friends for everyday things like grocery shopping and house cleaning. Due to chronic pain and fatigue, I can only work 1-2 hours a day. I'm not receiving any benefits at the moment, and money is tight. I don't have a car, and with my daily medication I wouldn't be able to drive anyway.
How can an electric bike help me?
One of the few things that help many patients with fibromyalgia is physical activity. I know from experience that my body responds well to this. With an electric bike I would be able to go on daily bike rides without having to worry about how to get home if or when the pain flares up. It would also give me the freedom to visit friends or do some grocery shopping without having to ask for help from family and friends. It would allow me to be physically active even when I'm in pain, because it is a low impact exercise. With daily exercise I will be able to manage the pain and fatigue better.
I live in a small city with lots of hills, and going home from the city center is 2-3 km of uphill biking. I'm not able to do this on my own without an electric bike.
The bike I have in mind is a E-Green B1 Hydr Tour-D EQ (link in Norwegian). It has the right battery for my need, and can be used for city and dirt road biking. I will also use it during winter.
I dream of getting so much better that I can work and live like a "normal" person. Of course, an electric bike would only be one step of the way to achieve this, but a very big and helpful step.
Thank you for reading my story!