Katie Price pays tribute to her terminally ill mum Amy and thanks her for 'thick skin' on International Women's Day

KATIE Price has gushed over terminally ill mum Amy Price in a touching International Women's Day message thanking her for "encouraging me to simply be me."

The former glamour model turned businesswoman credited her "thick skin" to her parent, 69, who was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in 2017.

The illness causes scarring to the lungs which reduces the sufferer's ability to breathe – there is currently no cure.

Amy previously bravely opened up about her diagnosis on Loose Women and said she could only have two or three years to live.

Yet today Katie, 42, a mum of five herself, has taken to her Instagram page to celebrate her much-loved parent's role in her life.

She uploaded a shot to her account, showing her wearing a purple top with the words: "Strong women. Know them. Be them. Raise them."

Her blonde hair was in a perfectly straight style flowing over her shoulders, while she plumped for thick black eye make-up and a nude gloss.

Addressing her mum in the second part of the caption, Katie wrote: "Another woman who has challenged me to think outside the box and do the best I can for my family is my Mum, her motto in life is ‘feel the fear and do it anyway'…

"Thank you for giving me a thick skin and encouraging me to simply be me.

"I hope all the women out there can relate in someway to this post, I support you, I encourage you, and I hope the challenges you face only make you a stronger individual."

After her mum's initial tragic diagnosis, Katie took to Twitter to pledge her support for the British Lung foundation – and ran the London Marathon in 2018 in aid of the charity.

She said: "As a shock to us all, Me and my family are proud to be supporting the British Lung foundation to help support awareness and raising funds for research of IPF.

"With this we can help in other diagnosis and create awareness for people with IPF."

Meanwhile, the initial section of her post celebrated her friend and autism campaigner Anna Kennedy OBE, who is helping her to find the perfect college for eldest son Harvey.

Katie wrote: "Happy #IWD2021 the theme for this year is choose to challenge…throughout my life I have continued to be challenged whether that’s in my career, personal life or navigating life with Harvey and his medical conditions.

"I have never chosen to give up and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

"I admire the women out there who are and have gone through the same as me…one of which is my friend @annakennedyobe.

"Anna you continue to inspire and support me…thank you for your guidance."

The Sun previously exclusively revealed that Katie has been forced to restart her search for residential colleges for disabled son Harvey.

The star has applied for her eldest to go to National Star College in Cheltenham, which the pair were seen visiting in her acclaimed BBC documentary Harvey & Me, and is due to find out next month whether she has been successful.

Katie also runs the risk of being unable to get government funding to cover the £350,000 that National Star College requires annually to house Harvey and cater to his complex needs.

Katie, who lives in Sussex, was encouraged to look for alternative options by her friend and autism campaigner Anna.

The activist was seen warning her in the documentary about cases of other special needs children who have been taken to mental health units after being deemed a risk to themselves or others.

"She wants to see a few more just to make sure it's the right place for him because this particular one is three hours drive, so it's quite a trek," Anna said.

The Sun revealed yesterday that Katie and Anna have discussed launching an autism-only chat show as the former glamour model looks to raise more awareness of disability acceptance.

Recently, Katie signed and supported Anna's petition to help parents secure care for their autistic children after they die.

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