Weʼre raising £3,000 to A new Kitchen, that has lowered cupboards, sink, built in oven to my level , so I can reach, also a hob, my level, inter grated washer/dryer
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My name is Katrina, and im 46 years old..
For the past 10 years, ive suffered with multiple health issues..
As the years have gone by, my health has got a lot worse..
I used to be a very fit, active person, where id walk everywhere, and have fun with my children, where we were always out and about, doing all sorts..
As a result of my poor health, my 2 boys and 2 girls had to go and live with their Dad, as I felt I could not give them what they needed anymore, as I was always being admitted to hospital, and having operations, and investigations all the time..
Making that decision as a Mother was the hardest thing ever, but felt at the time I was doing the right thing?
I then ended up in a very violent relationship, and I stayed out of fear, as the things he would do to me where horrific, so, of course this had a massive impact on my health..
I went from being able to walk, to walking, but, every step was chronic pain, in my back, neck, legs, and all over my body...
I had investigations, and the doctor said as a result of being in a very violent relationship, my discs in my neck had crumbled and prolapsed..
And where sitting on the roots of my nerve , causing deep root nerve impingement, which affects, my right arm, shoulder, and of course, chronic pain in my neck..
Also, the doctor had said, if he didnt know my age when looking at the MRI results, he would think it was discs of a 70 year old, not 40 year old, by the way they were so prolapsed and crumbled..
Also, he said, that my body had been through the same , as if I was in a car crash at 30mph, every day for 2 years..
Then about 3 months, after I had managed to get away to safety from the monster, I suffered a TIA stroke, a mini stroke, which left my mouth drooped, no sensation in my right side of face, and my eye was left open, and would not close...where my nerves were so damaged..
Then I started having issues with my legs..
Swelling, and ulcers..
After investigation, my lymph node, in my groin was swollen, probably causing the leg issue.
I had a biopsy, and It was cancer, but luckily it was beneine...
Then The leg issues got worse, and I ended up having a blood clot in my leg...
A month or so after that, My back was painful, and I had an Mri scan, and they said I had narrowing of the spinal cord..the bone in my spine is growing up into my spinal cord, and the pain it causes is horrific...
Then I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, which is severe all over pain, and chronic fatigue ..also the fibres inside the muscles do not fix themselves, so, holding a cup, with liquid in, is the same weight, as a bucket of water..it really is difficult, and painful..
Also , If someone just touches my arm for example, it may as well be a punch, as it hurts that much..
Not long after that, I was diagnosed with Mysteinia Gravis, which is a muscle waste disease, just muscle wastage, and causes no pain...but, of course the muscles are just wasting away...
Life is hard, I have to have carers 3 times a day, to assist with personal care..
I do try to soldier on, but, its very hard, as every day and night im in chronic pain, and its got to the stage now, where I do not know what part of my body is causing the pain..
I am housebound in the week, and try to go out on weekends, when my partner is around...
I used to love dancing, walking, having fun, helping others, helping out at my local churches May Fayre, Xmas Fayre, Table top sales ect...
I loved meeting different people, as I find it interesting, as I would always say, There are never , ever any strangers in life, just Friends you have not met yet?
So, I have gone from an out going person, to just sitting indoors, doing not that much really...
I used to love cooking, but struggle, as the cooker is too low, as it really hurts, bending in and out..
The cupboards are too high...so, I cannot reach anything..
I struggle turning the taps on and off..
I need the sensor taps...
I just need a kitchen to work for me, so at least I can try and be as independent as possible, as I hate depending on people as it is, let a lone to cook for me...
So, I tried to get a grant from my local council, with the occupational therapists report, but the most they can do is lower the cupboards...thats it..
So, I have 1000 pounds saved...and I think I need about another 3000 pounds, so I can get someone to come and fit a kitchen for my needs...
I am asking for your help..and kindness...
As I have no one else I can turn too...as I said, the council cant help, due to lack of funds...
Please even if you can donate £5.00...as every bit would help..
And if im blessed enough to get to my target, work can then start straight away, and I will upload lots of pics, and updates, to show how much you would of helped..
Thank you for reading my story...
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