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What is Kadeena Cox’s disability?

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Kadeena has never let her condition hold her back. (Picture: ITV)

I’m A Celebrity returns tonight, and very soon a whole new flock of famous faces will set up camp in Gwrych Castle.

Among this year’s celebrity line-up is four-time Paralympic gold medalist Kadeena Cox.

Kadeena, 30, is very open about being disabled, and will play a massive role in raising awareness about her condition and empowering fellow sufferers.

But what exactly is her disability?

What is Kadeena Cox’s disability?

Kadeena was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2014, after suffering a stroke.

She regained her health after two months of physiotherapy, but again began experiencing burning sensations in her right arm, which eventually gave out to numbness throughout her entire body.

Kadeena was again taken to hospital for testing, until she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

However, she didn’t let this diagnosis hold her back.

Having previously competed as an able-bodied athlete, Kadeena excelled on her Paralympics debut two years later and was one of the headline-grabbing stories of Rio.

During the Paralymipics, she became the first Briton to top the podium in two different sports in the same Games since 1984.

Following her Rio wins, she told the MS Trust in 2017: ‘I’d set out to go to Rio to become successful in two sports to show people across the world who have got MS, or other chronic conditions and invisible illnesses, that we can still achieve things.

‘It won’t be the same way as it used to be. But, MS is not the end of your life. It doesn’t put a full-stop after your name.’

What is multiple sclerosis?

The NHS says: ‘Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition that can affect the brain and spinal cord, causing a wide range of potential symptoms, including problems with vision, arm or leg movement, sensation or balance.

‘It’s a lifelong condition that can sometimes cause serious disability, although it can occasionally be mild.

‘In many cases, it’s possible to treat symptoms. Average life expectancy is slightly reduced for people with MS.

‘It’s most commonly diagnosed in people in their 20s and 30s, although it can develop at any age. It’s about two to three times more common in women than men. MS is one of the most common causes of disability in younger adults.’

The main symptoms of MS include:

  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty walking
  • Vision problems, such as blurred vision
  • Problems controlling the bladder
  • Numbness or tingling in different parts of the body
  • Muscle stiffness and spasms
  • Problems with balance and co-ordination
  • Problems with thinking, learning and planning

What are Kadeena Cox’s MS symptoms?

Cox told the MS Trust: ‘I get a lot of muscle spasms, so mainly through my right arm and in my right leg, and then when I’m quite fatigued I get them in both legs and arms and that’s when I spend time in my wheelchair.

‘I also have altered sensations and a lot of pins and needles and burning. And then I also have problems in terms of memory and thinking, and just fatigue in general. A lot of my symptoms come when I’m fatigued.’

She explained that many of her symptoms are ‘quite invisible’, which increased the importance of ‘raising awareness so that people understand the symptoms that we have and people know about it, and they’re able to then make adjustments.’

Kadeena is confident that her disability will not hold her back on I’m A Celebrity.

Asked whether she’d be able to take part in all of the trials, Kadeena told the MailOnline: ‘That was one of my biggest fears and one of the reasons I didn’t wanna do the show.

‘The team have worked so hard so I won’t feel like my disability will hold me back.’

I’m A Celebrity 2021 kicks off tonight at 9pm on ITV.

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