Sadly on Wednesday 7th July Miche's story came to an end as she lost her battle with MND.
The undeniably hard working and gregarious Miche Broad has had a successful career organising golf tournaments all over the world. When she went to Australia in February 2009 for the Johnnie Walker Classic tournament, and as her husband for eight years, Chris, was away refereeing cricket matches in Pakistan, she took a few extra weeks to ‘whizz round the country seeing friends’. Little did Miche imagine that when she landed in Adelaide, her life would change irrevocably.
“I was having a glass of wine with a friend and suddenly began talking as if I had drunk at least ten” a confusing experience to have. “It was very odd. Then, when I went on to Perth for the golf tournament, I started getting painful cramps in my hands and arms and a strange tingling in my fingers. A girlfriend insisted I consult the tournament doctor and he sent me straight to a local neurologist. He recommended that when I returned home I saw Professor Pamela Shaw. I didn’t know at the time that she was an expert on Motor Neurone Disease.”
Miche saw Professor Shaw in the May following her trip she was to return for her results ten days later. “When, just before my appointment, she asked for Chris to come with me, I suddenly became very nervous... the diagnosis was MND”Miche has the bulbar palsy variation of the disease, where the muscles used for talking, chewing and swallowing are affected first. Her increased slurring of words can be exceptionally frustrating; as the disease does not affect the brain Miche is intensely aware of the effects on her body.
“I know my life has been curtailed, but I am a very positive person and my attitude is that as there is nothing I can do about it, I am going to try to live each day as it comes.”Despite her change in circumstances and lifestyle Miche remains her outgoing self. “I am not going to sit in a corner and think, my life has been severely curtailed I have got things to do and places to go”. This is typical of her immensely positive attitude.
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