June is Motor Neuron Awareness Month and to mark it Morning Focus was joined in studio by Michelle Lorigan of Kilmihil who spoke to John Cooke about her father Jim Scanlon. Jim discovered his voice beginning to slur last May and after many tests and scans, in August he was diagnosed with Progressive Bulbar Palsy Motor Neuron Disease the most rapid form of the disease.
Michelle shared their experience and outlined despite losing his voice and ability to walk in such a short period of time, her father still has his fantastic sense of humour and has coped really well with the changes! John also spoke with Fidelma Rutledge MND Nurse with Irish Motor Neuron Disease Association who highlighted the importance of funds for the Association in helping patients and their family to cope with this debilitating disease.
The IMNDA would like people to organise a Drink Tea for MND event throughout the month of June. People can register their event and to get their free tea pack they can email [email protected] or Freephone 1800 403 403 or Make a donation to the campaign by Texting MND to 50300 and donate €2.