Diane Hastings is the wife of Scottish former rugby player Gavin Hastings.
She is a Parkinson's disease campaigner.
Early life and battling Parkinson's disease
Diane and Gavin started dating in 1990. The pair decided to marry in 1993 despite Gavin's confused state of whether he should continue playing rugby or not.
Gavin worked as a rugby coach at Cambridge University before he became a professional rugby player.
Diane was a huge supporter of her husband and is what keeps him grounded. They went on to have two children.
In 2003, Diane Hastings, who was 39, was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, a recurrent and progressive movement condition, and her health had deteriorated to the point that she struggled to gain strength.
She even has to leave the couple's home in Edinburgh.
A brain condition that contributes to trembling, stiffness, and trouble with walking, balance, and coordination in Parkinson's disease.
Symptoms of Parkinson's generally start progressively and get worse over time. People can have trouble walking and talking as the disease progresses.
In 2016, Diane underwent Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery, a procedure that attempts to treat Parkinson's physical symptoms.
It requires electrodes providing stimulation of high frequency to specific areas of the brain.
The surgery was a big success, making it possible for Diane to reduce her medicine. But with the physical and emotional effects of Parkinson's, the mum-of-two also struggles.
After Diane had her surgery, her symptoms and difficulties gradually decreased.
Hastings has been very active and generous by raising funds and spreading awareness about this disease through The Cure Parkinson's Trust and many other organizations.
Diane ran the London Marathon
Together with her daughter Holly and friend Fiona, she ran the London Marathon this April to raise money for The Cure Parkinson's Trust.
Diane spent 15 years dealing with Parkinson's and was diagnosed in 2003 when her children were still very young. In The Cure Parkinson's Trust's BBC Lifeline Appeal 2017, Gavin Hastings says,
"She has dealt courageously with the many ways the disease has affected her."
Hastings was one of the top scorers in the world
Gavin Hastings came in the 12th position when it came to rugby. He came right behind his fellow Chris Paterson and Matt Giteau.
Hastings achieves most scores for Scotland
In an international game, he scored the most points (44) for Scotland against Ivory Coast at RWC 1995. On two Lions tours (1989 and 1993), he took six tests, winning three and losing three, scoring 66 points.
He started his administrative career
He was announced as the President of the "New" Edinburgh Professional Rugby Club on 30 August 2007.
Honorary awards Hastings has received
In 1995, Hastings received an Honorary Blue award from Heriot-Watt University to contribute to the national sport.
The Order of the British Empire was awarded to Hastings in 1993 for services to the Rugby Union.
Hastings was inducted into the 2003 International Rugby Hall of Fame and later into the 2013 World Rugby Hall of Fame.
Net worth and earnings
Diane Hastings's net worth and occupation have not been verified yet, but her husband Gavin Hastings is worth $1-$5 million. His earnings and sources are calculated below:
|Rugby matches||$100,000 (estimated)|
|Annual earning||$1-$3 million|
Age, height, and weight
- Diane is 55 years old, born in 1960.
- Her height is about 1.65 meters.
- Diane's weight has not been revealed yet.
- She has blonde hair.
- Her eyes are light blue.
- She is known to be very gutsy and strong.
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