It's a bittersweet start to 2014 as Katie Price faces an anxious wait for medical results... a week before her anniversary

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She’d been looking forward to a stress-free 2014 after a year from hell.

But now, just a week before her wedding anniversary, Katie Price is facing a new health battle.

The mum of four was in and out of hospital and on a drip over the festive season after suffering with a mystery illness that made her lose weight and drop to a size 8.

Katie, 35, was enduring an anxious wait for test results to see what had made her so ill – and what long-lasting effect it might have.

‘She went through some terrible ordeals last year,’ says a source.

‘She was ill during her pregnancy with Jett, she had a traumatic birth while stranded abroad and had to go back into hospital with complications. She was hoping for a quiet start to 2014 but instead it’s been a stressful time.’

The health scare comes as Katie‘s preparing to celebrate her first wedding anniversary with hubby Kieran Hayler on 16 January.

It’s believed she still hopes to mark the occasion because ‘she’s beginning to feel better’, but sources say their plans could change.

As it stands, Kieran, 26, is hoping to take Katie away to an exotic destination in the next few weeks to cheer her up and celebrate their anniversary.

It’ll be a much-needed break – her stress is compounded by the imminent court showdown with ex-hubby Peter Andre, 40.

Katie had such a roller coaster 2013,’ says our source.

‘Everyone is just hoping that she gets better and can relax before the court case. But she doesn’t seem to be able to catch a break.’

Katie fell ill last month, Tweeting fans on 18 December that she was ‘feeling poorly’.

On 22 December, the situation appeared to have got worse as she Tweeted: ‘In hospital on a drip,’ before adding: ‘A morning of needles, my worst nightmare.’

She returned for an MRI scan five days later and on 29 December, she Tweeted a pic of her size 8 body with the caption: ‘Being ill has made me lose weight.’

Last Friday, doctors were still to confirm what’s causing Katie‘s mystery illness. But it’s not believed to be viral.

Read the full story about Katie Price in this week’s Now magazine dated 6 January 2014 – download the digital edition now!

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