A Northampton mother who has cystic fibrosis is taking part in a marathon to raise money for the charity supporting people with the life-shortening illness which her two-year-old son also suffers from.
Natalie Crawford, from Duston, is to run the Coombe Abbey Running Festival Marathon on Sunday June 29. Her young son, Preston, also has cystic fibrosis.
She says it is a constant battle to stay well but she is determined not to give up and has had support from a personal trainer at Dallington Fitness ahead of the run.
Natalie Says: “I want to do the run more than ever to show that Preston and I will always rise above this condition. I am holding onto every piece of hope to get us through the hardest times. Cystic fibrosis is a huge part of our lives but it will never become our life. I was given cystic fibrosis because I am brave enough to use my experiences to inspire others. And that’s why I will do this run.”
Having been diagnosed at the age of 28, cystic fibrosis had already caused significant damage to Natalie’s liver and lungs.
Since her diagnosis, Natalie has been sticking to a strict physiotherapy regime and is taking daily medication. She also started exercising six times a week in order to clear her lungs and reduce the risk of infections in order to increase her life expectancy. After amazing improvements in Natalie’s health, she received the go-ahead from her doctor to run the Silverstone half Marathon on March 15.
However, just before the event Natalie was admitted to hospital after contracting a potentially life-threatening bacterial infection and she also had an allergic reaction to her medication. This meant she had to stop the antibiotic treatment until she recovered, and was forced to withdraw from the Silverstone Marathon.
A spokesman for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust said: “Most people don’t understand what living with cystic fibrosis is like until someone close to them is affected by it. They soon discover it’s a life-shortening condition – only half live to celebrate their 40th birthday. It causes the internal organs, especially the lungs and digestive system, to become clogged with thick, sticky mucus, resulting in chronic infections and inflammation of the lungs.”
To sponsor Natalie, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/nataliecrawford
The money raised will enable the Cystic Fibrosis Trust to invest in cutting-edge research to develop better treatments and, ultimately find a cure for people like Natalie and Preston. It will also provide support to those with cystic fibrosis and their families and help the Trust to drive up standards in medical care.