Cyclist completes charity challenge to spread awareness of condition

Cyclist completes charity challenge to spread awareness of condition

by Henry James (November 2021)

A mum from Burscough who has pulmonary hypertension has completed a 21 kilometre cycle fundraiser.

Katie Eaton, 36, organised the event on November 7 in aid of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA).

Pulmonary hypertension is high blood pressure in the blood vessels that supply the lungs.

Katie said: “I would just like to spread awareness of the symptoms of the disease in the hope that it is picked up earlier for other people, as many go undiagnosed for a long time making the condition more difficult to treat.

“I have had PH for 13 years now and responded well to my first lot of treatment for over ten years.

“This medication allowed me to function like a ‘normal’ person I would often go and swim, run, cycle and even completed a ten mile Tough Mudder course in 2019 just months before my PH symptoms started to progress again.

“A couple of years ago my body stopped responding as well to the medication and I got considerably worse over the course of a year before I was started on 24 hr IV therapy at the beginning of this year.

“I now have a Hickman line and have to carry a pump that pumps medication into my bloodstream every three minutes. Prior to starting on this new medication, I struggled to walk up my stairs, dress or stand for any period of time because I was in significant heart failure and was overloaded with fluid.

“My new medication has considerably improved my quality of life, I have been able to return to my role as an occupational therapist in the NHS, I exercise at least four times a week while also juggling a busy family/home life.”

Katie completed this ride in Horwich with her partner and little boy.

They have raised £890 so far but would be grateful if people would like to donate further. For more information visit the website: https://bit.ly/3wCYc53



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