Katie Price has shared her heartbreak over terminally ill mother Amy’s health.
The former glamour model’s beloved mum has idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a condition that causes progressive scarring of the lungs and affects breathing.
Katie, 39, broke down on Loose Women last year when revealing her mum’s diagnosis.
And in a new interview with Now magazine, the star gave an update on Amy’s health and how the family are coping.
She said: “My mum is dying, it’s that simple. They normally diagnose three to five years but mum has already had to change her life. She’s sold her house because of the stairs. She really struggles with them now.
“But she could get a cold now, not get rid of it and die within a month – that’s how bad it is. Will a lung transplant help? I don’t know. Either way, she hasn’t got long.”
Katie previously said she’d offered her mother one of her own lungs, but Amy wouldn’t let her go through with that plan.
In an interview with OK! magazine last month, Katie spoke about the family’s shock at Amy’s diagnosis, given her mum has always been healthy, never smoked and enjoys an active lifestyle.
“It’s just thinking, why? She doesn’t smoke, she’s healthy,” said Katie. “It doesn’t seem fair. Why haven’t they found a cure, why don’t they know what causes it? More people die from this than people realise but no one’s heard of it, and that’s why I’m raising awareness.”
Katie is getting ready to run the London Marathon this weekend in her mother’s honour. She’ll pound the streets to raise funds for the British Lung Foundation.
“My mum means the world to me and the news of her diagnosis was a huge shock,” she has said.
“I am proud to be running the London marathon to raise awareness and vital funds for the British Lung Foundation. One in five people in the UK are affected by lung disease and millions more are at risk.
“Running 26 miles may seem like a big challenge, but it is nothing compared to what my mum and others living with IPF and other lung conditions go through every day.”
In an interview with New magazine this week, the mother of five said she’s determined to finish the marathon no matter how difficult she finds it.
“There is absolutely no way I will pull out. This is for my mum, this is important,” she said. “Whatever happens, I don’t care if it takes me a week. I am crossing that line.”
Katie added: “You can see she is deteriorating, put it that way. I don’t think you do get good days. Once you’ve got it, you’ve got it. How can it be a good day when you’re deteriorating all of the time? But she’s stable at the minute.”
Good luck, Katie.
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