Woman battling EDS walks first 5K

Ashley Brown

TERRE HAUTE, (WTHI) – For one local woman completing a 5K has always been a lifetime goal.

It was in May News 10 told you about Ashley Brown, who suffers from a rare and chronic disease.

Three months later we continue to follow her journey as all of her training is put to the test.

You may not know it by looking at her but on some days it’s difficult for Ashley to even put one foot in front of the other.

“There are days I wake up with hip dislocation, and I have to be in bed for the whole day,” she said.

She is battling a rare illness known as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, in which her body produces faulty collagen, making her joints weak.

“My whole life I’ve always been told by all of my doctors that I would be in a wheelchair by the time I turned thirty, and I turned thirty in April,” said Brown.

Not only is she not in a wheelchair, but she is walking her first 5k.

“I’m not going to be in a wheelchair I’m going to do a 5K; it was something that I had to prove,” said Brown.

As she completes the first, the second, and then the third mile that’s all the proof she needs.

“I trained hard and a lot and I trained about every other day for the last three months.”

On Saturday those months of training paid off.

“The reason that this was so important to me is that I wanted to show everyone who has EDS it doesn’t matter how many bad days you have you can do whatever you set your mind to, and there are days when EDS might when the battle, but there are other days when you can win the battle,” said Brown.

As she crosses the finish line she is overwhelmed, knowing that today she won the battle.

“I don’t even know what to say that feels like. I’m so proud of myself.”

If you would like to learn more about EDS and donate to the cause, click on the link below.


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