Gavin and myself will be trekking to Everest Base Camp in February 2024.
I will be supporting a cause very close to my family, Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP) Support Group. In short HSP is a diagnosis that covers a range of rare genetic disorders caused by one or more gene mutations.
My mother after the birth of her second child (my younger sister) was shortly diagnosed with HSP, initial symptoms of continuous pain in her legs. Throughout the years this progressively worsened to the point of limited mobility. The best way to describe her feeling is as though your legs are permanently tense all the time, no muscle relaxation.We have visited countless consultants for treatment, many of which give temporary pain relief. It has been extremely hard to accept that a cure will not be around in this lifetime. Instead we flip it on its head, make the most of the cards you are dealt with and support best we can!
I have no doubt great advancements in R&D of Gene Editing will come to fruition to ultimately eradicate HSP for future generations.