Cat was diagnosed with Lupus in August 2011. Lupus is an automimmune disease which essentially means that the body is allergic to itself. Instead of white cells fighting infection and foreign bodies, they attack the joints which leaves them very swollen and very painful. The patient also can suffer severe fatigue, which leaves them without any energy and very very tired, when in that state, life can quite literally pass you by. Lupus is a very debilitating disease and unfortunately, a life threating disease.
However, running and various other sports is what keeps Cat spurred on. She had planned after her diagnosis to quit running, 'but if I do that, I am allowing Lupus to beat me. I may have Lupus, but it doesnt have me. Running is no longer about getting that Personal Best, its about starting and finishing a race, concentrating on that aspect of running allows me, for that moment, beat lupus!"
Cat and her friend Michael both won a spot to run for Lupus UK in the Virgin London Marathon 2013. Michael is an experienced marathon runner having run the London 2yrs ago. Cat, on the other hand has never ran a marathon. This is not only an honour to gain a much wanted space in the marathon, but also a personal acheivement.
Lupus UK provides so much support to Lupus patients, they have been a god send to Cat, and this is why she wants to give back, and bring her running shoes out of retirement.
Along with supporting patients, they also help with funding to research this disease, unfortunately, there is not enough known about the illness, we dont know why it strikes certain people (90% female between the ages of 15-55) and unfortunately, the disease is, at present, incurable. With funds hopefully, one day, we will be able to hear that there is a cure for Lupus, and not another life lost.
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'So please dig deep and donate as much as you can for this wonderful charity that has done so much for me and my fellow 'lupie' patients. Thank you.' xx
About Lupus UK
LUPUS UK is the only National Charity which supports people with the immune system illness Lupus. It has a number of groups throughout the UK and supports over 6,000 members through these groups. It also provides funding for medical research into this life threatening and debilitating illness.