Weʼve raised £7,253 to help Gregory who has been diagnosed with MSA, a terminal neurological condition.
- Funded on Friday, 21st September 2018
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Gregory Wilsdon has been diagnosed with MSA, a degenerative, terminal neurological condition. He is now in a wheelchair and his condition is worsening. His wife Kate has taken unpaid leave to look after him and their 13 year old daughter Rita. Their time together is precious and we are crowdfunding to try to enable Kate to stay off work for as long as possible.
Donations will go towards the family's living costs while Kate is not working. Any contributions will help make their lives easier and enable them to spend more time together as a family.
This is from Gregory:
[My disease] is currently advancing rather rapidly. Like many of these neurological conditions, the speed of decline is not constant and can’t be predicted, so no-one knows what the next 12 months will bring. Not only did our financial plans envisage me working at least to normal retirement age (in my case, 66), but we are engaged in major conversion work on the house to enable us to live on the ground floor.
This experience has narrowed rather than broadened horizons. I had supposed that, if I received a terminal diagnosis, I would quit my job, and out would come the bucket list. In fact, most of the external attractions seem trivial. The Taj Mahal has other people to admire it. The Met Opera will carry on without me.
What becomes achingly apparent is that time with my loved ones is all that really matters. It is ironic that I should be struck down by a disease which makes me so dependent. Pride has always been my besetting sin. I have spent a lifetime working 12 and 14 hour days, and enjoying it; whenever some small slot opened in my schedule, I would fill it. It used to be a point of honour for me to pull my weight and do half of the chores: almost all the cooking, almost all the shopping, all the bills, repairs etc. Now my saintly wife does 90% of it, and I look on in impotent rage as she gets more tired and more stressed.
Life is not devoid of amusement. A year and a half ago, long before my diagnosis, Rita drew a sketch of me - Daddy has been reduced to a giant, squishy brain, a pair of googly eyes, and a body truncated down to a pair of Y-fronts. Prescient, eh?
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Sep 20, 2018
With love and best wishes from Quentin and Alberto
Sep 19, 2018
Sep 15, 2018
Sep 12, 2018
Gregory, thank you for being an inspiration to me, other teaching colleagues, and students - you will be remembered fondly by so many. I hope the time left is as happy and comfortable as it can be.
Sep 10, 2018
With love, x
Sep 10, 2018
Love to you all xxxxx
Sep 10, 2018
Love to all
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