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Sacha and Jenny Shackleton

Jenny Shackleton may be afraid of heights, but that has not stopped her from signing up for a sponsored skydive to raise funds for the MS Trust.

She wants to help people, like her husband, who are affected by MS. But in order to do the skydive, she first had to take on another challenge.

My name is Jenny Shackleton and my husband, Sacha, was diagnosed with relapsing remitting MS in 2008. It was difficult to diagnose as he had a history of back problems so could not have the lumbar puncture. After two MRIs, which showed clear scarring, the diagnosis was MS.

It was a difficult time for us as it is a life changing disease not only for the person who has it, but for family and friends too. In 2011 we got married and are still happily married today despite what life and MS throws at us.

Now in 2016 Sacha is still at the relapsing remitting stage and is on Copaxone, with a few other drugs thrown in to deal with the ongoing issues caused by the nerve damage.

Since he was diagnosed I have been wanting to do something to help raise funds for research in MS and ongoing care for sufferers. I decided a tandem skydive was the best thing to do as I am scared of heights, but unfortunately my weight was not within the limit. I recently had a health scare myself which made me do something about my weight and health issues.

Jenny after losing weight

I joined a Live Well Suffolk Weight Management course which educates you about the food you eat and advises that exercise goes hand in hand with food management. I lost 3 stone! I am now within the limit to do the tandem skydive and have signed up to 'Jump in June' on 19 June 2016.

I am doing the tandem skydive for the MS Trust in a hope to raise as much money as possible to go towards much-needed research and care for all who have been touched by MS. I have met some very brave people since 2008 but have also been saddened to see some of them deteriorate from this disease.

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