Pixiwoo's Nic Reveals Heartbreaking "Secret Illness" In Emotional Video

23 June 2017, 10:38 | Updated: 17 July 2017, 12:26

We the Unicorns

By Hollie-Anne Brooks

"It's taken me five years to actually get to a point where I can actually do a video and say it"

In the same week that Samantha Chapman and Nic Haste revealed their new additions to their Real Techniques makeup brush range, they also revealed some tragic news going on behind the scenes.

In an emotional 15 minute video, Pixiwoo's Nic reveals to fans that she's been suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, also known as MS. The disease, which damages the nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord, is caused when the immune system fails to work properly. MS can leave some people with serious damage to their vision, muscle control and balance.

Revealing that she first started suffering five years ago, Nic discusses the early signs for her and how - in her case - it was genetic. Despite "not speaking" to her biological dad, Nic tells fans how he recently died of the condition which left him bedridden - although she adds that her symptoms are very different to that of her biological father.

Nic first started to experience symptoms after a tough labour with first-born Harry, and saw further developments after having daughter Edie. It was after Edie's birth that Nic lost sight in one eye, having previously suffered vision problems in the other. Thanks to a quick-thinking friend, Nic went for an MRI scan which later revealed that she was indeed suffering from MS.

Through tears, Nic says: "I have wanted to tell everyone for so long but I've had to deal with it myself first".

Despite the diagnosis and having to "change [her] life completely" as a result, Nic remains strong and refuses to feel sorry for herself. In her usual inspirational and fierce manner, she vows to get on with her life and cries as she praises husband Ian for his love and support.

Nic Nic and husband Ian on their wedding day. Image via Duncan Kerridge.

Nic ends the video by saying: "I just think it's really important to share my story and to say [that] people have stuff going on in their lives. You might look at [their lives] through an Instagram filter and think everything's perfect but it's not".

We're sending all our love to Nic who has continued to be couragous and strong in the face of such a horrible disease.

If you want to find out more about MS or are seeking support, please visit the MS Society.