My name is Catherine and I am a very loving and caring 27 year old Woman.
When I was 16 years old I was diagnosed with a form of Cancer called Hodgkins Lymphoma. I had to drop out of school to begin treatment which saved my life. Unfortunately when I was 18 I relapsed and the Cancer returned. I again began life saving treatment. This was in the form of Chemotherapy, Steroids and a Stem Cell Transplant. After a very hard but needed battle, I had beaten the Cancer for a second time.
With the good comes bad and the treatment had a dramatic effect on my physique and the strength of my body. My teeth became brittle and I lost some of them. I have battled for almost 10 years to reduce the weight but my body has other ideas.
I am a very blessed young Woman who against all odds gave birth to an amazing baby boy 2 years ago - something which I never thought would be possible.
My life currently consists of being a single Mum to him, caring for my elderly grandparents and also studying full time for a Degree in Criminology & Psychology.
The only problem I have is with the after effects of my health problems on my body.
I am currently the heaviest I have ever been and this is having a huge effect on my life emotionally and physically. I try my best to eat healthy and exercise but my bones and joints are weak and arthritis is another battle I face. I need to get rid of my excess weight or face being in a wheelchair by the time I am 30.
I am not morbidly obese, but I need to drastically reduce my size and also get some single dentures to replace the teeth I have lost.
The cost of surgery to make my body manageable and comfortable is £15,000 which is something that I cannot raise alone being a single Mum and student.
This is by no means for glamour purposes - this is to give me a better quality of life and enable me to enjoy many years as an active Mum with my Son.
I want to smile again :)
P.s. If you ever need a Criminologist or Investigator - I'm your woman!
Thank you for taking the time to read.