We asked people affected by MND if they had experienced any stigmas or misconceptions because of the disease. This what they told us:
When Gemma's mother was diagnosed with MND, she was pulled into HR at work. Because of her slurred speech, the assumption was that she was drunk.
When Ruth went to the bank she felt that she was treated differently because her speech was slow.
Ruth shares her encounter while trying to book a hair appointment at her local salon. Due to the reaction to her slurred speech, Ruth felt that she had to leave without making an appointment.
When Pamela's daughter was diagnosed with MND people thought that there was something wrong with her brain because her speech was slurred.
When Gordon's MND meant that he had to use a wheelchair, he found that people would cross the street to avoid confronting him.
Over a dozen brave Scots shared their stories to help more people understand the disease, its impact on families and how we, as a society, can treat people with MND, with the dignity and respect they deserve. Here are just a few of those stories:
You can read all of our ‘Myth-Busting MND’ stories in our news section.
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