A Markinch woman who has had to learn to walk again after being diagnosed with Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) is organising a charity event on Saturday to raise both funds and awareness of the condition.
Katie Crombie (25), is hosting the family fun day fundraiser for FND Hope at Christ’s Kirk in Pitcoudie and hopes that townsfolk will come along to show their support and join in the fun.
She explained: “I was diagnosed with FND a year past October.
“It’s like MS and Parkinsons in a way and has a lot of the same symptoms.
“FND Hope is a new charity that’s been set up for people with FND, which is an illness that’s not very well known or understood.
“The brain doesn’t send the right signals to your body.
“I felt helpless, I couldn’t control my legs. They would go into spasms. It was difficult and I had to learn to walk again.
“I still have days where I have to walk with a frame or sticks, other days I can walk with no aids. It’s so unpredictable.
“Living with the unexpected is the worst bit about the illness. Every day you live in fear wondering if you’re going to be able to walk in the morning.
“I wanted to organise an event to show more awareness about the condition and to help get a better treatment plan in place for sufferers.
“I hope one day that medical professionals will have a better understanding and training on how to deal with the disorder.”
And that event is a family fun day this Saturday.
Katie, who also has epilepsy, continued: “There’s going to be a coffee morning, some stalls, a tombola, raffle, face painting and an Easter egg colouring competition as well as lots more.
“Peppa Pig will also be visiting.”
The family fun day will run from 10.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. and all are welcome to attend.