// ‘Let’s be Great’ //

Since I was told about my diagnosis I’ve spent a lot of time on Twitter looking at other people who have it. I can’t believe how many of us are young. I thought I was young at 35 but this really isn’t true. I’ve found people younger than me!

Our government really need to provide help to our scientists and researchers to find out why this disease happens and how to prevent it. 

Brain diseases affect a lot of people, from new born babies to young adults and the elderly. These diseases must no longer be ignored in the future. They are now affecting people in the ‘Limelight’ and this is proving to be a great help in promoting them.

In 2014 there was a great fundraiser across the world the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ which helped to raise awareness and a lot of money for the ‘Motor Neurone Disease Association’ here in the UK and provided many dollars for ‘ALS/Lou Gehrig’s’ In the US.

“Just look at the figures,” he said. “The total UK spend – from charities and the government – on dementia in 2013 was £73.8m. By contrast, for cancer, that figure was £503m. And we can now see the effect this gulf in funding has on disease profiles in Britain.” 

These diseases are wrongly under funded all over the world. Britain should be at the forefront of research and development with a specialist international centre. It should become the world’s leader in brain disease research.

Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease and many others really need the Governments backing.

Come on Great Britain. Let’s be ‘Great’ and use our ‘Brains’!

Guardian Online 15_02_15 ‘Dementia hits women hardest – study’ Robin McKie

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