Mum diagnosed with MND after slurring words together and losing balance

By Charlotte Hadfield & Chloe Burrell

A mum-of-five was tragically diagnosed with a fatal illness after she started to lose her balance and slur her words together.

Tracy Williams, 43, was delivered the heartbreaking news that she has Motor Neurone Disease (MND) on September 16.

Tracy, from Formby, Merseyside, first went to her doctor approximately 18 months ago when she started struggling to walk, reports Liverpool Echo.

After undergoing a series of extensive tests, she was diagnosed with MND and told that she could have between three and ten years to live.

Motor neurone disease is a rare and severe condition that affects both the brain and nervous system.

There's no cure for MND, and it can significantly shorten life expectancy, but some people live with it for many years.

Best friend Nikki Stewart is now on a mission to help Tracy walk down the aisle on her wedding day before her mobility deteriorates further.

Tracy said: "At first it was my foot, it was like it was catching on the floor and then my walking gradually got worse.

Tracy and her partner Andy are hoping to get married at the start of 2022 (Tracy Williams)

"I got weakness in my legs on my left side and then it started in my arm.

"I went to the doctors and they sent me to the neurologist for brain scans and spinal scans and things."

Tracy has a history of MS in her family and initially suspected that could be the cause of her symptoms, but doctors soon ruled it out.

After undergoing tests at the Walton Centre, she was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease on September 16.

Tracy said: "I was heartbroken because they told me I could have 3-10 years to live and that was the worst shock more than anything.

"They told me I'll end up in a wheelchair and my speech will go completely and I'll have trouble eating."

Tracy, who has five children aged 23, 20, 18, 10 and 8, is determined to keep on working in her job as an office manager at a school.

She is aiming to get married at the start of next year to her partner of 12 years Andy Ball, 42, and fulfil her dream of walking down the aisle.

In order to help Tracy to achieve her dream and give her and Andy "a special day to remember", friend Nikki has set up a Go Fund Me page.

Nikki said: "She's my best friend - we work together. I lost my husband to Covid in January and she was there for me.

"I know what my children went through and I can't imagine what her boys will go through. That's why I want to do something special for her really.

"She wants to be able to walk down the aisle and because things happened so quickly we don't know how quickly she will lose her ability to walk."

To donate to the fundraising page click here.

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