Philip's story

Philip's story

  • by Philip Bell
  • 1/15/2019
  • 1 min read

Hi my name is Philip G. Bell. I was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in December 2013. My first notable symptom was in February 2013, as I used to lecture, I noticed during a lecture my voice was slurred. I saw my GP who at first thought I may have had a mini stroke. Lots of tests ruled this out and it took a long time to determine my problem. As I was already 65 then, I retired and we moved to the Isle of Wight where I was contacted by the local branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Although it is unpleasant to find out one has a terminal illness, I found that it helped to be strong to raise awareness and funding. Almost immediately I booked an event at Northwood House in Cowes, Isle of Wight called the Spring to Life Fair, in which I raised around £2,000 for the local branch of MND Association. Since then I have continued with many smaller events and often been in the County Press and on the Isle of Wight Radio, to raise awareness.