Patrick Joyce – The Incurable Optimist
Why I’m an incurable optimist
“I have motor neurone disease (MND). I’m gradually losing the ability to walk, talk, eat and breathe. I won’t see my daughter go to primary school and she won’t remember me. I am dying… MND is killing me.
I’m determined to use what’s left of my life and my diminishing artistic skill to encourage others to do something optimistic every day. MND may be incurable but I am an incurable optimist. I know that through optimism we will find the cure to MND.
Take a look to see what I’m doing and see how you can get involved to help others with MND and support the work of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.”
Help me get to 100 portraits while I still can
“Before my diagnosis of motor neurone disease, I was an artist. Now the disease has affected my arms and hands and I am finding it harder to paint. I want to continue to work for as long as possible and use both my work and my story to help the Motor Neurone Disease Association create a movement of incurable optimism. This is why I’ve set myself a challenge to draw the portraits of 100 incurable optimists before I lose the ability to paint forever.
I’m looking for incurable optimists to paint. If you think you or someone you know is an incurable optimist, nominate that person here. Just tell me why you think they are an incurable optimist in a few words and leave your email address, and we’ll get in touch if we like your story.
And your portrait may just end up hanging in a gallery someday…
Kath is supportive, loving and caring. Without her I would be lost. The writing in her hair is something she said to me when I was first diagnosed, “I will always look after you, right until the very end.”
Sarah is an inspiration to me. As a single mum she has brought up two lovely children, despite being unable to walk, speak or use her arms. She helped me when I first got MND, when I felt very scared.