Actress Claire feels MaBy's pain. . . and is inspired
Actress Claire King has spoken of her admiration for Irish 'X Factor' finalist Mary Byrne.
Both women suffer from rheumatoid arthritis but have overcome the condition to take part in UK TV shows.
"Mary is someone to be admired because the only way you can live with this condition is by learning to deal with it and not letting it take over your life. What Mary has managed in the last few weeks on 'The X Factor' has been nothing short of inspirational," said Claire King.
The 46-year-old was diagnosed with the condition during the early 1990s, but in 2007 competed in BBC's 'Strictly Come Dancing' to acclaim.
"I'm sure Mary asked herself the same questions I did before entering 'Strictly Come Dancing'. But like me, I'm sure she decided that she wouldn't let this condition stop her leading a normal life," she added.
The 'Emmerdale' actress was dancing again yesterday, but in St Stephen's Green to launch 'Let's Dance', a new ballroom dancing initiative for people living with rheumatoid arthritis from Arthritis Ireland.
Supported by healthcare company Abbott, the programme will be kick-started by a series of free ballroom dance classes in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Mullingar, Waterford and Wexford during January and February 2011. Speaking yesterday Claire King said that dancing and keeping fit was the best way to combat the condition.