- Jan 24, 2009
Hi, and welcome to my really crappy life as a person with MND. I am a 61 year old male who in a previous life served in the Australian Army for around 20 years: including a stint in Vietnam with SAS. I was then succesfully self-employed until retirement at 55years of age. My main hobbies were car racing,fishing and skydiving. Back to now. October 2008 I fell over a couple of times while I was using a chainsaw and almost caused myself a major injury or two. November 2008 I fell over a couple more times and noticed that when I was walking I tended not to be lifting my feet properly(as I was used to). December 2008. Early in this month I started getting cramps in my legs and my knees were starting to ache at night. Mid month I went to a Neurologist /MRI scans/Muscle Biopsy. Christmas eve I was told I had MND and New years eve this was confirmed by another Physician. 23rd Jan my Doctor told me he hopes that some of the symptoms being experienced would slow down but offered no insight as to why my problems were rapidly increasing. By today; 25th Jan I can only walk for about 20 metres at a time with the aid of sticks/walking frame. My legs, arms and upper body have severe twitching for a large amount of the day. I am awake a lot at night with severe pain in my legs. Especially the knees. I am tired most of the time and not looking forward to a great deal of fun in the coming months. I have accepted the fact I am dying but it has been hard on my wife and three grown children as all this has happened in only 4 months.