Raising awareness of MND and its care.
YOUR VIEW A chance for local charities, voluntary organisations and advice groups to reach our readers TODAY: Jackie Firth, Butterwick Hospice THIS Sunday is global MND Day.
Butterwick Hospice is hoping to raise awareness of this illness, which seems to be increasing in frequency.
Motor neurone disease or MND is one of the neurological diseases for which Butterwick Hospice Care provides specialist services for sufferers in this area.
The French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot first described motor neurone disease in 1874.
The term motor neurone disease describes a group of related diseases affecting the motor nerves or neurones in the brain and spinal cord, which pass messages to the muscles telling them what to do.
MND is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks the upper and lower motor neurones.
Degeneration of the motor neurones leads to weakness and wasting of muscles, causing increasing loss of mobility in the limbs, and difficulties with speech, swallowing and breathing. The muscles first to be affected tend to be those in the hands, feet and mouth, dependent on which type of the disease you are diagnosed with. Some people may experience changes in thinking and behaviour, often referred to as cognitive impairment, but only a very few will experience severe cognitive change.
The effects of MND can vary enormously from person to person, from the presenting symptoms and the rate and pattern of the disease progression to the length of survival time after diagnosis. Butterwick Hospice provides two helpful drop-in sessions every Friday for people who have been diagnosed with MND. These are social sessions with the added bene-fit of access to specialist nurses and helpful treatments, such as aromatherapy massage.
The sessions are run in partnership with James Cook University Hospital MND specialist nurse and the local branch of the MND Association.
If you would like more information about these beneficial sessions, contact Anthony Hanratty, MND specialist nurse on 01642 854318 or contact the local MND Association by calling Luke Rutter on 01642 813300 or go online to www.mndcleveland.org All this week, Butterwick |Hospice in Stockton is showing an exhibition about the disease and one local family's powerful story about their journey with MND.
The exhibition is set within the reception area of the hospice and people are welcome to view it there all this week or next Tuesday, when it will move to the Atrium of James Cook University Hospital for one day.