Friday, February 10, 2017

A 'Family' Of Diseases

They are laying a rugby hero to rest in South Africa today, Joost van der Westhuizen. He died of motor neurone disease, at 45. This is one of a family of diseases. In 2013 I was tentatively diagnosed with one of the family. I forget its name now. But mine is a very slow progressing version. I thought the specialist put it well: "You will be dead long before it kills you." I had been referred to a specialist, as the ball of one foot was not quite working right. The specialist said: "Let me guess a few other things you have experienced." It was all true. I realised then that my father before me had the same. OBSERVATION: So don't let anyone say that I have a serious illness. It is mild. It has to do with motor neurones not quite doing what they should.

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