Life with MS
My name is Katy Deacon, I am a mother of two young, lively children and a wife to a wonderful man. We all live in West Yorkshire, a very hilly and fairly inaccessible part of the world.
I am heading into my tenth year diagnosed with MS and I have been very up and also very down throughout my journey so far. I am now a full-time wheelchair user, a statement I never imagined I would make when I represented West Yorkshire at national netball competitions.
Reimagining my mobility
You can find out more about my journey with MS in this podcast and blog. When I was younger, I loved hiking in the mountains of Scotland and across the North Yorkshire moors, where achieved my Queen scout award and Duke of Edinburgh Gold award. Now, because of my limited mobility, I am unable to explore the wonderful countryside I live in because I cannot afford the equipment I need to enable me to access these places.
Warriors for wheels
On hearing this, one of my best friends from primary school suggested that our children could build a team of kids to help to raise money for a new wheelchair hand bike and Warriors for Wheels began.
I investigated the options available to me and went to try one out. It was an amazing experience! It will allow me to go off road with my family, along bridal paths and into the countryside. But, these wheelchairs with hand bikes cost around £6000, so the kids have their work cut out. They are competing in the Total Warrior challenge. A gruelling 3k event with 12 challenging obstacles. They have a massive challenge ahead, but they have such wonderful motivation to achieve this amazing result. Thank you so much for any support that you could give them.