GET TO KNOW NATASHA
Natasha is a 23 year old British Disability Gymnast who trains at Robin Hood Gymnastics Club in Sherwood, Nottingham.
She is diagnosed with a rare, life-threatening condition called Mast Cell Activation Syndrome. This condition effects her Mast Cells, which is a type of white blood cell. These cells normally help protect you from disease and aid in healing of wounds by releasing chemicals such as histamine.
However, in people like Natasha the release of those chemicals can happen for no real reason, even when there is no attack.
If there is an attack, the release is out-of-proportion and too many chemicals are spilled out. This in effect causes Natasha to have allergic reactions to many things, including exercise, strong smells, change in temperature, digestion etc as well as chronic symptoms daily.
Since she developed the condition, aged 18, she has had over 250 life threatening episodes requiring hospitalisation, intensive care treatment and medication just to keep her alive.
Her story is unlike anyone else's and she has a phenomenal outlook on life.