Fibromyalgia: Arrives in Marseille after 6,000 km of walking.

From Normandy, through Portugal and Spain, Violette Duval traveled 6,000 km to raise awareness of fibromyalgia, a disease that she suffers from and is little talked about. An evil that, however, affects two million people in France. Marseille marks the end of her journey. 

Violet, this Friday, for her penultimate stage, at the Crown.
Violet, this Friday, for her penultimate stage, at the Crown. • © Photo VD

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Violette Duval ends a great adventure: that of a long walk of 6,000 km, a true feat to draw attention to fibromyalgia.

This “invisible” disease, which leaves no trace of inflammation or injury, causes permanent pain.

“Faced with this excruciating pain, many end up in depression. Some even commit suicide, ”  explains Violette Duval, who suffers from the disease.

It was at the age of 14 that the first symptoms of fibromyalgia appeared in the young Norman girl.

The young Violeta discovers intense pain that assails her body, her hands, her feet. She suffers from a headache. Have trouble sleeping 

With your stroller, your exclusive "luggage"
With your stroller, your exclusive “luggage” • © Photo VD

This adds even more credit to your achievement. More than a year has passed since the 35-year-old young woman left Normandy, where she is originally from.

He had decided to join Marseille, via Portugal and Spain. As luggage, a stroller full of necessary items.

But the confinement stopped her just two weeks before her scheduled arrival in Marseille last April.

“I returned for two and a half months to my parents’ house in Normandy. It was a bit frustrating, but it allowed me to move on and find a job for the future, ”he  says optimistically. .

Since June 5, the adventurer has returned to the road, more motivated than ever.

I have given a lot and I have received a lot.

Violette Duval, fibromialgia

On her journey, many patients join her to accompany her for a time. A way of sharing what unites them.

“For all of us who have this disease, it is always the same story: we don’t get along. We are told that the problem is psychiatric, that it is in our head. I think it is important to solve it ”. actions to report this “.

If we ask Violette what are the most beautiful memories of this trip, she responds:  “It is all the generosity that this project generated. I gave a lot and received a lot ”.

The stroller, companion on a 6000 km journey.
The stroller, companion on a 6000 km journey • © Photo VD

Because on her way, Violette was often encouraged  “with smiles, sympathetic horns, coffee breaks, potlucks and snacks.”

There were dangerous moments, like in tunnels.

Violette Duval, fibromialgia

But any adventure also has its difficulties. The worst moments for the young woman are related to the road and its dangers:

“I had concerns in Andalusia. They almost ran me over. I didn’t always feel comfortable on the roads. There were dangerous moments, like in tunnels. In fact, there are not too many cycle paths in Europe. The walking conditions were sometimes very risky. “

But the bad memories are already fading with the last-stage approach.

On Saturday, Violette will leave L’Estaque at 2 pm to reach the heart of Marseille, the shadow house of the Old Port. The young woman is expected between 4:30 pm and 5 pm At the end of her trip, she hopes to bring people together.

The presence of the media is very important to her. Because the objective of your project is to alert the Ministry of Health about the problem of this “invisible” disease.

Much of the route took place by the sea or the ocean.
Much of the route took place by the sea or ocean • © Photo VD

“Things are complicated to do. The action I have taken is very positive for me. But the pure and simple recognition of this disease  does not depend on me. I want to call the attention of the Minister of Health, and ask for an appointment. “

An appointment to remember that 3% of the population suffers from a disease that goes unnoticed. Apply for funding so that research is really interested in the cause of this disease.

So this 6,000km feat will not only remain symbolic, but will also lead to a political health decision.


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