That ‐ in short ‐ was what my doctor told me when I was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease just weeks ago.
It's not the news you expect when you are 29 years old.
Motor Neurone Disease (or MND) is a rare, progressive and debilitating disease that attacks the brain and spinal cord. It leads to weakness and muscle wasting and will affect how I walk, talk, eat and breathe. There is no cure.
Soon it will kill me.
I don't want pity. All I want is for you to take action to help fund a cure and fight for better care for people with MND.
It'll be too late for me, but we must ‐ and with your help we will ‐ find a cure for the next generation.
With your help I can turn a negative into a positive.
Thank you for your support, Gordon
Here's five things the Scottish and UK Government's could do right now to help fund a cure and improve the care provided to MND patients:
Double MND research funding
Pay MND nurses from the public purse
Double the number of MND nurses
Who gives you extra? — Apparently, I do! http://t.co/7sycl9ucMS #MND #GivingExtra via @EnableMagazine @AskHalifaxBank http://t.co/5grmWOKJhX
Wednesday, February 25th, 12:42 PM
RT @colinmccredie: @GordonAikman Any chance of a RT for this? Prompted to get off my bum for @MNDSFundraising https://t.co/9NBw5IzzvH
Tuesday, February 24th, 3:34 PM
Time to turn record #MND awareness into action — Me in @HeraldScotland on Redmayne's Oscar http://t.co/9LJlPvz64R http://t.co/YCfeXxqU57
Tuesday, February 24th, 12:35 PM