Hi I'm Katty and I am 19 years old. I am quite an ambitious person and I aspire to be a creative director in the world of fashion and music. I love cats and I'm known for my feline characteristics and my cat influenced name. Music and the entertainment business are a huge interest of mine, and I appreciate all the different genres and diversity of music which is why its my favourite form of escapism.
At the age of 9 my life changed and I was diagnosed with
JSLE (Juvenile Lupus) an auto-immune disease. Due to multiple hospital admissions and lupus flares I was unable to continue my life as a ordinary child/teenager. Lupus had a butterfly effect on my life, and coincidentally a butterfly is the symbol for Lupus.
My life is different from the average young person. I can't change my past, but I can try to change the present but I can influence my future and that is what Katty's Territory is all about.
Katty's Territory is my choice to create something that is powerful to me which others can relate to in a life that can be somnifacient. I hope it can provide escapism during hard times.
Whatever happens in my life I want to be remembered.
For more about Me and Lupus read my blog post
LEARN ABOUT LUPUS
'Lupus is a chronic auto immune disease in which the bodies immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissue. This results in symptoms such as inflammation, swelling and damage to joints, skin, kidneys, blood,the heart, and lungs -(cdc april 2015)
Lupus is a complex unpredictable life changing, life limiting illness.
It can effect suffers differently from mild to acute symptoms. For me the diagnosis of juvinial Lupus (JSLE) meant a cocktail of medications to control my symptoms and regular visits to hospital. Being supported by a multi disciplinary team was essential to make my life as 'normal' as possible. Like many lupus suffers this meant being cared for by rhemutoligists, CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health) physio therapy and other interventions. At times it was difficult to cope with but with support from key family members and people who understood me made a world of difference.My Mum and Jane Dunnage(a good friend)and part of the Lupus UK team.
i Have two brothers one older and one younger, the age gap between each of
us is 9 years
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