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just not right Charlie Bird reveals how he wakes up to the 'horror' of his situation

'The strange thing is I wake up and I am lying there, before I use my voice, I feel like myself and all is okay'

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Charlie Bird with his dog Tiger

Charlie Bird with his dog Tiger

Charlie Bird with his dog Tiger

Charlie Bird has revealed how he wakes up in the morning feeling “like myself” before the reality of his situation hits him with a “bang”. 

The veteran broadcaster is battling Motor Neurones disease, an incurable illness that affects the brain and nervous system.

In a new interview, Charlie said he had difficulty sleeping and described how, waking up in the morning, he knows that something isn’t right.

“I am having difficulty sleeping,” he told RSVP Magazine.

“I find sleep after a few hours. I get tired in the evenings but it could be hours but I eventually nod off.

“The strange thing is I wake up and I am lying there, before I use my voice, I feel like myself and all is okay and then I go to speak and bang, the horror of my situation is there.”

However, he added that his dog Tiger has been a life saver, despite the fact that he “hated the idea of getting one”.

“I was away working a lot and living on my own but I didn’t want a dog,” he explained.

“I was bitten by a dog once. Claire pleaded with me to get a dog and I have fallen in love with the dog.

“He gets me out of every dark place I am in, when I get home at night, and go to bed, I might be a bit teary, or I can’t sleep. Tiger lies beside me in the bed and we cuddle up - my poor wife.”

However, despite his difficult prognosis, as prepares to climb Croagh Patrick on April 2 he said he has been amazed at the amount of support and love from people.

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“All over the country, on every mountain, we have people offering to climb. We can’t have everyone climbing Croagh Patrick so we are encouraging people to climb their own mountain. Daniel O’Donnell is going to sing at the top of Croagh Patrick.

“I am not on a crusade, I am on a mission, to do as much as I can while I am still alive. I am only asking people to support this national day of climbing.”

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