What is MND/ALS?
What is MND/ALS?
MND/ALS is characterised by progressive degeneration of the motor nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. The motor cells (neurones) control the muscles that enable us to move around, speak, breathe, and swallow. With no nerves to activate them, muscles gradually weaken and waste. Symptoms may include muscle weakness and paralysis, as well as impaired speaking, swallowing, and breathing. In most cases, it does not affect intellect, memory or the senses. Progress is relentless and generally rapid, with a life expectancy of between 2 and 5 years from the onset of symptoms. There is no known cause and there is no known cure. See links on the right for further information.
Monday, 28 March 2016
Losses & Gains
That is essentially what the progression of Motor Neurone Disease is about. You can either let these losses take over your life and sink into an abyss of self pity & depression or you can take it on the chin and try to be one step ahead of the disease by adapting.
The battle with MND is one that cannot yet be won but the best weapons to put up a good fight is the power of a positive mind, and a sense of humour! Despite all the losses MND has brought to my life I refuse to let it get me down or dwell on those losses.
There are other positive influences on my day to day life, namely my love of music and two adorable cats who offer cuddles and companionship 24/7. I am convinced they possess a sense that makes them aware that I am ill. Also a wonderfully supportive family, some amazing friends and a fantastic multidisciplinary care team complete my support system.
All of these positive influences on my life make it easier for me to adapt and get through each day, so I am thankful. I know that this is a battle that I will not win but I am grateful to have you all in my army.