ROCKHAMPTON residents affected by Motor Neuron Disease (MND) finally have a support group to help them through their illness.
The MND Association of Queensland (MNDAQ) is holding their inaugural Rockhampton support group meeting next Thursday, April 4 at the Brothers Leagues Club.
Local Anne Thompson, whose husband Neil has MND, encourages anyone dealing with the disease, both victims and their family, friends and carers, to come along.
"I was talking to another man whose wife has had MND for nine years and they weren't getting a lot of help," she says.
"They're doing it all on their own which would be really hard, so they're going to come along."
MNDAQ fundraising and communications manager Anna Thompson says the meeting will be a great way for those affected to meet people who understand their struggles.
"It's about people meeting each other to share some time together and meet new understanding friends and to know that they're not alone," she says.
"And because we'll have actual MND staff there'll also be a level of information about our services.
"People have waited eagerly for this start so we're pleased to be able to provide it."
Anna says there were about 10 people in Rockhampton with MND, with 300 in Queensland.
The frequency of the meetings will be decided on Thursday, but she said most other areas meet monthly.
The support group will meet at 10.45am for an 11am start on Thursday, April 4, at the Brothers Leagues Club on Lion Creek Rd. There's no charge for the event and a light lunch will be provided.
MND and commonwealth respite and care link centre staff will be in attendance.
To RSVP call 3372 9004 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, April 1.
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