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MS sufferer splashes life savings on converting home - but now needs more help


























Struggle: Kate is appealing for donations from the public and the local community

Kate Tobin's condition has deteriorated so quickly that she now struggles to walk short distances, her sight has dimmed, and her speech has slowed considerably

Kate Tobin's condition has deteriorated so quickly that she now struggles to walk short distances, her sight has dimmed, and her speech has slowed considerably

A brave MS sufferer has told how she spent her life savings on making her home wheelchair-accessible.

Kate Tobin spent €4,000 (£3,100) on her new adapted home, to ensure that she can lead her life as independently as possible, despite her neurodegenerative disease.

The 50-year-old from Waterford was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis three years ago.

Her condition has deteriorated so quickly that she now struggles to walk short distances, her sight has dimmed, and her speech has slowed considerably.

Kate, who lives in Clonroche, Co Wexford, told the Irish Daily Mirror: “I’ve lost all of my life’s savings because I had to make this house a home so I could live in it as independently as possible.

“I’ve moved down to the progressive type [of MS] so that means that my MS gets worse every time…

“I’m losing my balance, I have difficulties swallowing and speaking.

“I know that I’ll be in a wheelchair soon, so I had to make arrangements for that.”

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She added: “I haven’t been able to get everything I need because I have nothing left, and I’m living on just €193 (£150) a week.

“So I’m appealing for donations from the public and the local community. Because I’m stuck at home, if people have books maybe that they can share.

“I’m also looking for a television with a wide screen because I’m losing sight in my left eye…

“I don’t need much, just a little bit of help.”

Kate is a former nun and she also worked as a cancer nurse in England for 16 years before returning to Ireland to look after her dying mother.

After years of helping other people, the single woman finds herself needing help.

Doctors told the courageous woman that she had few birthdays left because of the rapid progression of her disease.

She intends to make the most of the time she has left before asking the courts for the right to die, like the late activist and MS sufferer Marie Fleming .

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The Waterford woman explained: “I was told to enjoy my 50th birthday because there wasn’t going to be many of those.

“Some people have wondered why I am making this appeal if I want to ask for the right to die.

“But I am not going to die immediately, or I wouldn’t have fitted the house with a hospital bed and other furniture…

“I want to live with dignity for as long as I can.

“And when my MS gets very bad, then I would like to have the right to die .”

She went on: “I feel like patients like me don’t really have a voice, that we are always overruled.

“And I don’t have a legal team to make sure that my voice is heard.

“But I will fight for this right when the time comes.

“In the meantime, I just want to make the most of my life.”

Story Source: The above story is based on materials provided by MIRROR
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