Christmas Message

Thanks to everyone who has supported us this year. I hope that you enjoy the Christmas celebrations.

A few reflections from me, not really related to the season. This stage of MND is significantly less comfortable than the earlier ones. There are often times when it’s all too much. There are of course good times as well. I don’t have the relationship I could have had with my kids. Sebastian can’t sit on my lap, which is frustrating for him. I’m not much fun or much use. He enjoys driving me like a nutter in the wheelchair. He juggles and we watch Police Interceptors. I’ve been able to arrange things using email and Twitter. I can’t support Jane and sometimes I see the effect. She does so well.

I have a nasty, chesty cough, which fills my throat and mouth with sticky phlegm. It can be scary. The nurses get it out for me.

I am tired of explaining things to staff not with me all the time. I really appreciate the staff, who do everything to make me comfortable. There are some exceptional carers and nurses. We are getting me one to one care for some of the day.

Thanks for buying our books. Every order makes me happy. I’ve done some newspaper work and you will see it soon. I need people to know about what MND does.

I have an impression that the public doesn’t understand how uncomfortable and challenging the disease can be. This is partly because they are shown the ‘MND heroes’. Make a movie of me straining to reach the buzzer on the pillow with my head, when my body has moved the other way, and I am itching from overheating. MND patients have immense challenges every day, as do their families.

Thank you for reading my blog in 2017, and I would like to wish you a great 2018.

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Andrew Knowlman

I am a 50-year old father of two children, married to Jane. I live in Hertfordshire, UK. I was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in April 2015.

2 thoughts to “Christmas Message”

  1. I understand exactly how you feel Andrew – particularly the mucus – horrid – all my brother wanted to do was have a good cough – such a simple thing but not possible.
    My very best wishes to you and your wonderful family at this Christmas time. You are always in my thoughts.
    Jackie Goddard (at Hudson Moody in Poppleton)

  2. Wishing you love, appreciation and peace at Christmas, Andrew. Also to Jane, S and V. I also honour your courage and wish to speak honestly about the challenges: too right. xAbi

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