I've taken the plunge and have a place running the 2023 London Marathon, I'll be training over the next few months in the wind and the rain and am supporting an amazing charity very close to my heart called TOFS.
Many of you will know that my little boy Thomas was born with a rare medical condition called Tracheo-oesophageal fistula (TOF), meaning he was born unable to swallow. This, as you can imagine, came as a complete shock to us. Thomas was rushed to the St George's hospital NICU unit and underwent major surgery just 48 hours after he was born to repair his oesophagus. He stayed in hospital with Will and I by his side, being transferred from NICU to the high dependency unit, and finally to the special care unit before he was able to come home at 2 weeks old.
The TOFS charity provides support for babies born unable to swallow. TOF affects one in every 3,500 babies and can only be repaired not cured.
Thomas is now 16 months old and is absolutely thriving thanks to the amazing surgeons at St George's hospital. The process of weaning onto solid foods is slow and we’ve had to overcome some pretty scary hurdles along the way but we are so grateful knowing that we have the help and support of TOFS to guide us.
I'd love for you to join me in raising awareness for this charity. Thank you x