Thursday 18 January 2018

I won't surrender to illness, says TD

Mark Hilliard

FINE Gael TD Nicky McFadden (49) said she will not surrender to her recently diagnosed Motor Neurone Disease and will continue to serve her constituency.

The Longford Westmeath representative had the condition confirmed last week.

"I've never surrendered in the face of any challenge and I'm not going to surrender to this either," she said in a statement last night.

Last year, the former Fianna Fail Kildare North TD Michael Fitzpatrick died, having being diagnosed with the same condition in 2010.

Yesterday, Ms McFadden bravely detailed her own discovery that her health was failing.

"About eight months ago I noticed having to slow down my speech in order to avoid slurring my words," she said. "I was shocked and distressed when I was told but after a couple of days it was clear to me that this was something to be fought."

Ms McFadden said that she had suffered no other symptoms to date.

The condition is a progressive degeneration of the motor neurones -- the nerve cells in the brain and spine that control muscles.

"I am determined to maintain my workload as energetically as I have up until now," she said. "As far as I'm concerned it's business as usual."

Irish Independent

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