Incurable Optimist

October 6, 2010

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is an incurable disease that leaves people unable to do everyday things that the rest of us take for granted. It is a progressive neurological condition affecting the central nervous system, leading to weakness and wasting of muscles, causing increasing loss of mobility in the limbs and difficulties with speech, swallowing and breathing. The cause of MND is not known and there is no cure but treatments can help to ease symptoms and disability. Life expectancy is variable, from 3 to 5 years (or occasionally longer) after onset, depending on the activity of the disease and the particular muscle groups affected.

Artist and father of three, Patrick Joyce is an incurable optimist. Patrick has MND. He also has an infectious laugh, contagious enthusiasm and a wicked sense of humour. He has set himself a challenge to paint the portraits of 100 incurable optimists before he loses the ability to paint forever. Patrick hopes that through this people will be inspired to do something optimistic to help beat MND. He wants to raise awareness of MND and funds for research. MND is incurable, so is Patrick’s optimism…

You can read Patrick’s blog here.

Information Source:  The Irish Motor Neuron Disease Association (IMNDA) and The Motor Neurone Disease Association (UK).