Katie Price has opened up about mum Amy’s terminal illness, saying that her condition is “slowing her down”.
Brave Amy suffers from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a diagnosis she received four years ago, with heartbroken Katie previously telling that she’s always lived a healthy lifestyle.
And since Amy is classed as vulnerable, the pandemic has kept her from seeing Katie or her grandchildren since October.
Former glamour model Katie, 42, says that while Amy’s illness is taking its toll on her mum, the 66-year-old refuses to give in without a fight.
In a desperate bid to overcome her illness, Amy has now joined a choir to help open up her lungs.
“She puts on a massive show of strength but her illness is slowing her down,” Katie told The Sunday Times Magazine.
“She has joined a choir to open up her lungs. She’s not giving in without a fight.
“We’ve both got tough exteriors, neither of us show anyone what’s going on inside. Because we know we’re losing Mum, nothing goes unsaid. I know everything about her and she knows everything about me.”
“I miss holding her and giving her a cuddle, but there’s a lot of banter on our family Zooms too, because if we didn’t muck about we’d never get through it. She knows that out of everyone, I’ll be the one who cares for her at the end,” the mum-of-five added.
Amy has terminal lung condition idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and her condition means that her lungs have become scarred and breathing is difficult.
She was diagnosed in 2017 and said at the time it was told that she could have as little as two or three years left to live.
Amy has been considered especially vulnerable during the coronavirus pandemic and she has been instructed to follow strict isolation.
During a recent interview on BBC Northern Ireland’s Nolan Live, Katie said: “My mum doesn’t smoke, she’s always been so healthy and she’s got this incurable lung disease and there’s nothing you can do.
“So the British Lung Foundation, she got us in touch with them to talk to other people and they just said, ‘Build memories, take lots of pictures’ and that’s all you can do really. What else can you do? You know it’s coming.”
She added: “She’s only got like 32% left of her lung capacity, we have got 100 per cent, she’s got 32.”
‘So if you imagine now being that out of breath, it must be awful, and it’s an awful way to go. It’s horrible to see my mum go through it because she’s so active, it’s cruel.”
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