Ten years ago, Louise underwent life-changing spinal surgery to correct severe Scoliosis and this year she looks to complete the Manchester Marathon in April, followed by a 10-day trek of Machu Picchu in October.
"Following my surgery, it took me over a year to fully recover and I had to learn the basics again such as walking and getting out of bed. It was a very painful and long recovery. I couldn't even sit up or get in the shower by myself for some time. Today, I still get pain, my breathing is affected and I have numbness and nerve issues but my quality of life is so much better than before I had the surgery. Going through something like this makes you really appreciate life and I still find it hard to believe all the things I can do now, it's truly amazing what the human body is capable of," Louise says.
Running has become a passion for Louise and she is looking to raise as much money as possible and all the money raised will go towards the Scoliosis Campaign Fund.
Scoliosis Campaign Fund (launched in November 2007) raises money to support people with scoliosis and their families, and fund research into finding the causes of scoliosis and treatments to improve quality of life for patients.
Louise has been with Cartridge People since 2012 and during that time completed an MSc in Digital Marketing Communications where she also received the best overall performance award and was awarded top-performing student.
Louise's full story which can be found at https://www.cartridgepeople.com/info/blog/introducing-louise-laurie