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Bride scales 8 mountains in 8 days ?€¡± in wedding dress ?€¡± to raise awareness of her disease

A pair of newlyweds??took a unique approach to their honeymoon recently, climbing eight mountains in as many days ?€¡± in their wedding outfits, no less ?€¡± to raise awareness around a??rare form of vasculitis, a blood vessel disorder, that afflicts the bride.

?€?I?€?m not into [mountain climbing]??usually but it seemed an ideal challenge, as I?€?ve had to overcome metaphorical mountains to get me as well as I am now,?€? Janine Osborne-Bowring, 34, of Wales in the U.K., tells Yahoo Style. ?€?The climbs haven?€?t been too hard but have been physically demanding.?€?

(Photo: Courtesy of Janine Osborne-Bowring)

Both she and her husband, Matt Osborne-Bowring, 41, are??personal trainers who own their own fitness centers. But??despite them both being in great shape,??Janine had two things working against her for each climb: First, though she did wear??hiking boots, she was also wearing her??gown. ?€?The wedding dress is a fabulous wedding dress with a large train and is ridiculously heavy,?€? she says. ?€?All sequined and embroidered.?€?

And she?€?s still recovering from the intense chemotherapy used to treat her condition, called granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA/Wegener?€?s), which is a systemic inflammation of blood vessels that can lead to intense pain, weakness, numbness, vision and hearing problems, and organ failure. ?€?I am currently in medical remission, meaning that although the disease is present it is inactive due to my chemotherapy, which I am due again at the end of the month,?€? she says, adding that symptoms of the disease ?€?can strike at any time.?€? (Still, she told Penarth Times??postclimb,???€?I thought I would be hurting badly but it wasn?€?t too bad.?€?)

(Photo: Courtesy of Janine Osborne-Bowring)

Janine shares details??about her 2015 diagnosis on her??Just Giving campaign page, through which she and Matt have raised nearly $2,000 for Vasculitis UK, through which they have found invaluable support.

?€?I was suffering with joint pain, would feel exhausted, had a cough that would come and go, sniffles, and would have night sweats that would wake me up!?€? she recalls of the time when she first began feeling sick. ?€?But I put it down to over doing it, the time of the year as it was coming into winter, and also being a woman I just thought it was one of those things!?€? But before she knew it, she continues, ?€?I was fighting for my life. I was so weak I couldn?€?t walk my muscles were disappearing in front of my eyes. My mouth was covered in ulcers, I had lost all the feeling in the right side of my face and my tastebuds had disappeared.?€?

She used her campaign page to announce her inspiring postwedding plan: ?€?Myself and my beautiful husband to be will climbing 8 Welsh mountains within 8 days or less, as it took 8 weeks for me to get answers.?€?

The peaks the newlyweds have scaled are some of the highest in Wales, including Mount Snowdon (3,560 feet) in Snowdonia National Park; Pen y??Fan (2,907 feet); Corn Du (2,864 feet); and, in the Black Mountains range, Waun Fach (2,661 feet)??and Fan Brycheiniog (2,633??feet).??The pair reached four summits??in Snowdonia National Park in just one day, but besides those, Janine says,???€?They are spread out throughout Wales and each took roughly a day to climb due to traveling to some remote locations. We had to watch the weather as they would have been dangerous in adverse weather conditions.?€?

Janine?€?s Instagram post on the journey??conveys a feeling of exhilaration. ?€?When you feel the world is against you, you must keep on climbing!?€? she writes. ?€?Doctors appointments and hospital stays will always be apart of life but we have to grab those moments we feel amazing and see all that is beautiful in this world.?€?

Depending on the location of each mountain, Janine and Matt would either head home to sleep in between or stay at a park campsite, which, Janine says, ?€?was situated in the woods and a beautiful surrounding in the midst of the mountains.?€?

But the couple isn?€?t??strictly roughing??it. ?€?We celebrated with a bottle of bubbly and a posh dinner when we returned on Saturday,?€? she notes, adding, ?€?We have a proper honeymoon in Hawaii in October.?€?

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