I have never once regretted becoming an AV and I have met some wonderful people through these years.
I will never forget that day in 1992 when my young brother told me that he had been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.
“What is that?” I asked.
From that day on MND has taken over a great deal of my life.
Tony, my brother, lived near Salisbury, and at the time there was no branch network to support him. He was however a very strong outgoing man and soon got in touch with others who felt there should be, however he died just before the first meeting.
I joined the branch with my sister-in-law, but I was soon asked to become an Association Visitor. As I live in Waterside the travelling would have been too much to visit in Salisbury, so I moved to the Southampton Branch and have been here ever since. At the last branch meeting I was presented with my 15 years' service certificate.
I have never once regretted becoming an AV and I have met some wonderful people through these years. I have always found the support from National Office second to none and as for the people with MND, well I meet most of those who come through the Branch and it amazes me how they deal with this dreadful disease. I often think they do more for me than I do for them and I feel its been an honour to help them even in a small way.
My family have all played their part in supporting me in my work. My husband never complains when I am visiting or going to meetings three or four times a week and our granddaughters are always on hand when extra help is needed. My daughter Maria is carrying on the tradition as Branch vice chairman and resident therapist. I hope that from wherever he looks down on us as Brother and Uncle he will feel we have done a bit to help.