A Place In The Sun host Laura Hamilton details mum’s health woes after diagnosis aged 27

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A Place In The Sun presenter Laura Hamilton, 38, has addressed her mum’s health battle with rheumatoid arthritis, citing her as her “inspiration” in her own battle with autoimmune disease ITP. Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Laura opened up about trying to adopt a positive attitude in spite of her diagnosis, which she was given following the birth of her children.

I’m not going to let it affect my life

Laura Hamilton

The TV presenter revealed: “I’ve always been so inspired by my mum, by the fact that she’s got rheumatoid arthritis and she’s had it since she was 27 and she’s never let it affect her life.

“Unless you looked closely at her hands you wouldn’t even know.”

The NHS website describes rheumatoid arthritis as a “long-term condition that causes pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints.”

The health site states that women were more at risk of the autoimmune disease than men, before explaining that there is no cure for the condition.

Laura continued to praise her mum for her positive attitude despite her painful disease.

The property expert said: “In her persona you would never know it because she’s always so positive and upbeat about life and not [letting] it affect her.

“But of course it affects her, of course it does, but she’s always like, ‘No, I’m a fighter.”

Laura was diagnosed with her autoimmune disease ITP after welcoming her two children with husband Alex Goward.

The condition causes the number of platelets in the blood to be reduced, causing easy bruising and bleeding following injury.

Speaking about her condition, Laura said that she tried to adopt her mum’s attitude towards her illness.

She continued: “I might have a different outfit if my legs have got bruises on them, but I think I’m definitely inspired by my mum’s attitude and I want to take that on myself and I think I do.

“It’s like, ‘I’m not going to let it affect my life’.”

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The professional property flipper spoke about the “unbelievable” bruising she got from an insect bite last year, as a result of her autoimmune condition.

Laura explained: “I get bruises on my arms and elbows, I got an insect bite on my leg and scratched it and it was unbelievable the bruise I got from scratching it.”

Luckily for the TV host, she revealed that she only ever gets bruises in two places, which are easy to hide for her presenting jobs.

“For me it’s only ever really on my arms or on my legs and I’m sort of able to kind of cover that, really,” she said.

Addressing the autoimmune diseases in her family history, Laura wondered whether they were “genetically” linked.

“I don’t know if it’s some genetic thing which after having two kids that’s what happens in our family,” she said.

Laura also addressed the panic attack she experienced as a result of online trolling last year, revealing that she “couldn’t breathe” during the terrifying experience.

A Place In The Sun is on Channel 4 weekdays at 3pm.

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