A DIABETIC mum is hoping to raise funds for two charities close to her heart after battling back from depression and a kidney transplant to see her daughter again.

Micky Riseborough, 30, has been living with diabetes for 20 years and already suffers from numerous related health conditions, including blindness in one eye.

The Braintree resident and husband Keaton, 31, were also distraught to find out their daughter, Tilly-Rose, who was two at the time, had type one diabetes.

Shortly after Tilly’s diagnosis, Micky discovered she had stage 3 kidney disease.

Micky says her life began a downward spiral, missing out on promotions at work, and having to have a large tubes inserted into her abdomen in December for dialysis.

Micky says she quickly became depressed as her health issues continued.

She was placed on a kidney transplant list in April.

It took two months for Mickey to get a new kidney, but her depression worsened after the operation to the point she wouldn’t speak to family and friends.

After seeing her husband for the first time in two weeks, Micky decided to dig herself out of the hole she was in to see her daughter again.

Eating for the first time in two weeks, Micky made the tough decision to leave her ward to see her daughter.

She decided to check out of hospital and was allowed home the next day.

Now Micky is in better spirits and has been wowed by her daughter’s strength in dealing with diabetes.

By the age of three, Tilly – now five – was already doing her own blood tests, and having six injections a day didn’t bother her at all.

Now the duo are looking to raise funds for charities close to their hearts.

Micky said: “Not long after Tilly was diagnosed I got the news I had stage 3 kidney disease.

“From there my health deteriorated very quickly.

“It was a massive thing to get my head around and my depression started to spin out of control.

“I hated the fact that I couldn’t even walk Tilly to school most days.

“I was confused and my memory was awful.

“I would walk a few steps and feel I would pass out.

“I was itchy constantly and always shaking with cold.

“This was all due to toxins building up in my body.

“In April I was put onto the transplant list by Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

“This was for a kidney and a pancreas transplant whilst also removing my gallbladder.

“One month later I got a call telling me to get there as soon as possible.

“I was there for six hours then I was told to go home as it wasn’t the right one for me.

“Another month passed and I got the second call.

“That day my life was saved by somebody who had unfortunately passed away.

“My donor was a 27-year-old male. I cannot be more thankful to my donor and their family and I want to do everything in my power to make them proud and happy that it was my life he saved.

“Also thanks to the hospital, and finally my family for reminding me why I fight so hard.”

Micky is now raising funds for Diabetes UK and Kidney Care UK.

She will be hosting Tiddly Tilly’s Christmas Extravaganza on Friday, November 12 at Jardins, in Lakes Road, Braintree.

A festive fete starting at noon will include games, stalls, a raffle, face painting and more, with the raffle prizes being donated by stallholders. There will also be a children’s disco from 5pm to 7pm.

Micky added: “We want to make a difference to people’s lives as ours have been made so much better.

“The raffle will be done live on Facebook so any one not attending can still buy tickets.

“We have worked so hard to do this and already have made a big amount of money for the two charities.”

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