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'It's Been A Grieving Process' - Northumberland Woman Determined Not To Let Condition Ruin Her Life
Thursday 16 January 2020
'It's been a grieving process' - Northumberland woman determined not to let condition ruin her life
Kate Stanforth's childhood dream of becoming a professional dancer was crushed due to a chronic condition
From a young age, Kate Stanforth had a passion for dance.
And by the age of eight, she decided she wanted to be a professional ballerina.
After training seven hours a day, Kate was on track to fulfilling her childhood dream.
But one morning aged 14, her world was turned upside down.
Kate, from Stocksfield, became extremely poorly, could barely move and had no idea what was happening to her.
Looking back on the traumatic experience, the 24-year-old said: "It was horrific, the worst thing you can imagine but at the time I didn't feel anything because I was so ill.
"I could barely move and as I started to deteriorate I became paralysed, ended up bed-bound and my mum had to spoon feed me. I couldn't do anything for myself."
After a year of suffering and not knowing what was going on, Kate, was diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome.
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