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Sue Hibbert - Saying No To Drugs

In 2011 Sue Hibbert was diagnosed with womb cancer. The operation to remove the cancer caused surgical menopause and before long Sue was in agonising joint pain. With her doctors unable to help it was her husband who finally took a stand against the pain.

These days I...

work as an assistant till supervisor for Wilko high street retailers. I look after the check-outs, the people working on the check-outs and handling customers. I have to keep active and mobile in order for everything to run smoothly.


In my spare time I…

love to bake. Baking is my thing. If I’m stressed about anything, baking helps me put everything into perspective, it’s very therapeutic for me. It’s so rewarding baking a cake, icing it, decorating it, all of it. I love to cook in general and be creative in the kitchen.

I’m currently...

redecorating the house at the moment. My husband and I are doing it together. It’s a slow process because it can be hard to find the time but it will get finished eventually. I need to be able to hold the paint roller and brush. That wouldn’t have been possible for me a few years ago.

My joint pain started with…

a swollen ankle joint and then a few months later the knee swelled up as well. After twelve months of struggling to walk properly they did an X-ray and I was told there was “wear and tear”. I’m too young for surgery, even though my knees are completely gone. I was told to take vitamins and endless pills. I ended up on pills including Naproxen, Tramadol, morphine. It got to the point where I was taking 16 tablets a day just to function normally such was the joint pain.

The pain from joints can...

become life invasive. You simply can’t do the things you want to do, it’s very frustrating. I’ve spoken to many sufferers of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis and it is soul destroying experiencing that level of pain. I’m going to be honest with you, there was a point during the pain where it felt like the point of no return. When you can’t get out of bed in the morning, you can’t open a jar of coffee, I had to use two hands to lift a kettle. I thought that was my life from then on. I had to rely so much on my husband and my children. I hated not being independent.


I started using Flexiseq because…

my husband insisted we try something different. My pharmacist at Boots kept suggesting it to me. It works so well. It gives you a whole lease of movement and allows me to function normally. It gave me the incentive to know I can do things and allows you to motivate yourself to get up and do some exercise. So suddenly moving the joints without pain helps them no end. There are days where the pain is too much. But Flexiseq gives you that ability to function normally, it no longer feels like your world is ending. I find that on top of the Flexiseq if I eat healthily and don’t over do things I’m so much better. It’s about taking care of yourself as much as you can.

I was lucky because…

I had such an amazing support network in my husband and my kids. There are thousands of people out there in a situation like mine or worse who don’t have anyone to take care of them the way I was lucky enough to. There are so many forms of arthritis and it’s so understated in the medical world. It takes away your life as you know it. I wish there was more help for people suffering from it.

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