Christie Newport goes on The Jeremy Kyle Show to raise awareness of her condition
But the brave 33-year-old who is battling a rare condition, has gone in front of TV cameras to raise awareness and funds.
I am very glad I went on. It was embarrassing, I don’t like having my picture taken so to be filmed was a huge deal for me.
Christie, of Inkerman Street, Ashton-on-Ribble, appeared on The Jeremy Kyle Show this week to talk about her condition and her fundraising appeal for lifesaving treatment.
She suffers from Melkersson Rosenthal syndrome, a condition that makes her entire body swell up and has become so poorly she contemplated ending it all - before discovering the life-changing treatment in America.
The show focused on Christie’s appeal, how she has discussed assisted suicide with her family and the impact of her illness on her marriage to wife Amy, 26. And Jeremy Kyle said he ‘admired’ the couple.
The show has already boosted the fundraising, when the show aired the total was at just over £1,500 and it now stands are more than £3,000. In total she needs to raise £12,400.
Christie, who is currently in hospital, said: “I watched it in my bed on the hospital telly.
“It has already started helping and we have had some really lovely, beautiful comments.
“People have been messaging me on Facebook and adding me as a friend.
“I didn’t expect the response, people have been amazing.
“I am very glad I went on. It was embarrassing, I don’t like having my picture taken so to be filmed was a huge deal for me.
• Christie, Amy and relatives are holding a charity event on April 11 from 10am until 3pm at Cottam Community Centre.
Visit: http://www.gofundme.com/Christiestemcell or facebook.com/Christiestemcell