“I was diagosed with MS the same week the twin towers came down. My twin towers came down too. September 2010.
“There had been signs that something was creeping up. But I didn’t connect up the dots. I had fallen out of the shower…fallen out of the patio doors. I kept tripping up on the slightest of uneven paving stones, and my daughter would say ‘Dad! Pick your feet up’.
“The doctor had diagnosed either a tumour or multiple sclerosis. I asked for a second opinion. I had to go into hospital for a week of tests. I was coming back to the ward after tests on the Tuesday when everyone was around the telly, watching the twin towers in New York. Then I got my diagnosis on the Thursday.
“I used to work in the community, setting up community credit unions.
“Now I have to have the electric chair. I can’t even write any more.
“I’ve been twice on these boats. Being outside and a free agent is the one thing I miss. And this allows me to be more of a free agent. I like the company of people. It’s about being on an outing with people, doing something different other than the mundane. It’s a bit of variety. With the illness you become a non-entity. This is a change, and you’re with people. It doesn’t have to be a big thing – just something different.”
Hinckley MS Group
10 June 2010