The Bios of our October 2021 Calendar Models

This is where you can get to know our real life models to understand their personal link to the cause, why they took part, how this helped them and a little bit more about them.

Please come back to view updates as these come in. (Last updated 11/11/2020)

Jess Bye: TBC

Charlotte Rich:

My name is Charlotte Rich, I'm 18 and have been diagnosed with CRPS, depression, anxiety and am being tested for PTSD.

Doing this photoshoot was incredible, it made me feel so empowered and really helped me accept and be proud of my body and my self. I loved every minute of it!

Michelle Hagan:

My name is Michelle and I'm 38 years old.

I have Chiari Malformation that I've had brain surgery for, Pernicious Anaemia, ME/CFS, hEDS, chronic migraine, osteoarthritis, bulging discs in each part of my spine and diverticular disease.

Despite all of this I work, study Biomedical Science full time at uni and have 3 kids. I run the school PTA which I organise events for to raise much needed money for the school.

Doing the shoot for the calendar made me feel alot braver than I thought I was!

With a few good painkillers I'm now ready to take on the world lol!

Rebecca Giddings:

Hi, I am Rebecca, frighteningly I have just turned 40!

I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (hypermobility with vascular crossover), Gastroparesis, Mast Cell Activation Disorder, Prinzmetals angina and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia. Despite this being a genetic condition, I was only diagnosed when I was 36 after becoming severely ill at 34. I have a feeding tube in my abdomen, what is called a PEG-J, this means that it goes through my stomach and into the small intestine, as my stomach is paralysed I can’t have the feed going directly into there. I also have a port-a-cath, which means that I have constant IV access without having to find a vein.

The EDS means I am in constant pain and my joints dislocate incredibly easily, even my spine is hypermobile which has resulted in 2 spinal fractures and multiple disc prolapses. To date, I have had 36 operation and there are at least 5 more in the pipeline, including another spinal surgery and 2 hip replacements, not where I thought I would be at 40.

I had to retire at 34 but I still managing to study towards my PhD.

I am also a trustee of Flying Scholarships for Disabled People, after they helped me get my confidence back, I wanted to give something back to the charity. I spent a month learning to fly a plane and whilst I do not have my full licence, even now when I have a difficult appointment or procedure think ‘I’ve got this, I can fly plane!’.

I wanted to do the photo shoot to not only improve my self confidence with my body now it has changed so much but also show others, particularly children and young adults that we should all rock our differences.

Sintija Ribaka: TBC

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