Former Gloucester and Leicester Tigers striker Ed Slater revealed he was diagnosed with MND last month and announced his retirement from the rugby union
Last Updated: 08/08/22 9:20 am
Ed Slater believes living in the present is helping him face the challenge of diagnosing his motor neuron disease.
The 34-year-old revealed last month he had been diagnosed with a serious degenerative condition that former sports stars such as Doddie Weir, Rob Burrow and Len Johnrose are also battling.
Gloucester rugby league player Slater announced his retirement from the sport last month after receiving the news after months of tests.
“Month after month, my arms got weaker and weaker, my grip got weaker, and I went to Oxford and was diagnosed with MND,” Slater told BBC.
“Partly I was prepared for that, partly because of my ill health and partly because of the symptoms.
“I know very close friends of mine, who lost a family member to it, were able to tell them about his experiences and so I braced myself.”
Slater, who has three young children, began recording his voice in anticipation of the condition affecting his voice.
However, the former striker, who also played for the Leicester Tigers, is determined to stay optimistic.
“I’m not saying that makes it easier for you to get a diagnosis — it just doesn’t,” Slater said.
“But in a way, it’s been 11 months of torment, different symptoms, unknown, looking for different reasons, and for a definitive diagnosis – this sounds strange to say – but at least it was give me an answer.
“Not an answer I want but I can’t change it. My attitude is to get on with everything. There are hard things in life, not much harder than that, but you have to face it. face the challenges confronting”.
“I don’t think too far into the future, and I make the most of each day when it comes. I find it a place of peace for me and keeps me in the best spirit possible.”