Terry's a real champion.
WE'RE ALL big Terry Pratchett fans in our house, so it's sad news indeed that the fantasy writer and has developed early-onset Alzheimer's Disease.
However, it will clearly take more than this to rob the prolific Discworld author of his sense of humour.
According to a section on the website of his illustrator Pual Kidby Terry has said that he is continuing to work and remain optimistic. When asked by his GP if he had been suffering any memory loss, he replied: "Not that I can recall."
He has described his condition as "an embuggerance", a word that is so apt it deserves to find its way into the dictionary.
Alzheimer's is a devastating disease that touches many families. If nothing else it now has a new champion.
SENSE OF HUMOUR: writer Terry Pratchett