I haven't been able to do thing ... I can't run around in the park with him, get on a bike...
– Claire Tickle misses out on activities with her son
For 16 years, Claire Tickle, 38, was told her ballooning legs, thighs and buttocks were down to her obesity. But despite trying countless diets and attempts to lose weight, Claire only dropped the pounds on her upper torso and her bottom half just continued to expand.
It wasn't until six years ago that she was finally diagnosed with Lipoedema, a rare condition which causes an abnormal build-up of fat cells. The disorder leaves Claire in constant pain from the moment she wakes up and has hugely affected her confidence, limiting the activities she can do with her six-year-old son. Claire Tickle joins us today to discuss how the condition has hindered her life and her hopes for potential treatment in the future.