Did you know that 1 in 10 Australians lives with an autoimmune illness (A.I)?
And of the 80+ manifestations, there is no cure, for any of them.
Not sure what they are?
Have you heard of Lupus? Rheumatoid Arthritis? Fibromyalgia? Multiple Sclerosis? Hashimotos and Graves?
Well that's only the tip of the iceberg.
Scientists don't know why there has been a 40% increase in the diagnosis of A.I. in the past two decades, but it appears that our environment holds the key.
In the meantime, women are more likely than men to develop an auto-immune illness. And diagnosis is most likely between the ages of 15-45.
Living with A.I often includes flares - periods of acute illness when symptoms are at their worst - and remission, where symptoms respond to medication & self-management.
Flares can last from days to weeks and can often start with a base layer that feels like the flu with an increasing array of joint pain, fever and unexplained fatigue.
But living with A.I is not a death sentence. There are ways to restore some health and sanity.
We just can't do it by ourselves.
So what has that got to do with cycling?
Well a fundraiser afternoon has been organised at Hazelhurst Gallery, Gymea (NSW) from 3-6:30pm.
Includes light canapes, silent auction goodies and a hilarious cycling movie, Tour De Force. It's no Oscar winner but has great scenery of the Tour De France and is based around a premise that I'm sure a fair share of us have dreamt of around July every year.
About the movie: Family man François Nouel (Clovis Cornillac) is the number one fan of the Tour de France – an obsession that costs him his wife and his job. At a loose end, François meets a former sports manager, Rémi (Bouli Lanners) who encourages him to take the plunge and do the Tour himself.
With nothing to lose, François sets off, always one day ahead of the race, attracting fellow amateurs, media coverage and cheering crowds. As obstacle after obstacle is thrown his way, and his family comes back on the scene, François discovers what is really most important in his life.
Director Laurent Tuel takes full advantage of the spectacular scenery around the actual Tour, and the races feature realistic, heart-in-mouth action. Tour de Force is a funny and thrilling tale of ordinary, everyday heroes and how life changes when spectators stop watching and start doing. A hilarious group of eccentric characters make up François’s ragtag entourage, and the generous humour and terrific performances make for a winning combination in this crowd-pleasing film.
There are worse ways to spend and afternoon relaxing after spending the morning clocking up some spring miles.
For full details and a list of auction items follow the link below,
I'm pretty sure a few Transitions members will be there so brush up on the secret handshake.