Kirsty Chugg's run during Sunday's Sweat vs Steam was an incredible achievement for the young mum, who has autoimmune limbic encephalitis.By Luke McManus
Fifteen months ago, Kirsty Chugg was bedridden, struck down with a rare and debilitating illness which left her incapable of walking.
Last Sunday, hand-in-hand with husband Rohan, mum Sue Glanville and son Lachlan, Kirsty made her way around the 5km leg of the Sweat vs Steam Fun Run.
It was an incredible achievement for a young mum who is still fighting an ongoing battle with the disorder, labelled autoimmune limbic encephalitis.
‘‘Kirsty saw a sign promoting the event about a month ago and said she wanted to do it,’’ Rohan said.
‘‘We didn’t think she would be interested, but it soon turned into a goal of hers and something she really wanted to achieve.
‘‘Really proud of her today, she didn’t stop, and the fact she wanted to do it was great.’’
Despite a minor fall which left her with a skinned knee, Kirsty accomplished that goal and loved every minute of being together with her family.
‘‘It was really good,’’ Kirsty said.
‘‘Definitely something we’ll do next year.’’
Spending most of her time at Melbourne’s Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre, Kirsty’s recovery has been a slow and difficult process, full of intensive physiotherapy and speech therapy.
Anxious and confused due to her condition, regular visits from Rohan and Lachlan — who remains in the care of the Rohan’s and Kirsty’s parents — made the time apart from her family a little easier to bear, but Kirsty always longed for the day she could return home permanently.
A day which finally came in June this year.
While Kirsty still undergoes treatment in Melbourne every three weeks, a process which doctors say could last years, Rohan believes having her home and taking part in Sunday’s Sweat vs Steam has been a major step towards normality for his beloved wife and their family.
‘‘The treatment knocks her around a bit but she’s doing a lot better in the last couple of weeks which hopefully means she’s improving even more,’’ he said.
‘‘We’re hoping shortly down the track we’ll be able to get Lachlan home, for a trial run at least, and we can be a family again.’’
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