A mother of five received devastating news from a doctor after she began to lose her balance.
Tracy Williams went to check as she began to clear up the words and began to struggle to stay upright.
After checking in, the 43-year-old received the devastating news that she has motor neurone disease (MND), the Liverpool Echo reported.
Doctors told mother Formby, Merseyside, that she has between three and 10 years to live.
MND is a rare condition that affects the brain and nervous system.
There is no cure for the disease and it can shorten life expectancy significantly, but some people live with it for many years.
Tracy’s best friend Nikki Stewart is now on a mission to help her walk down the aisle on her wedding day before her mobility gets worse.
Tracy said, “First it was my foot, it was like it was catching on the floor, and then my gait gradually got worse.
“I got weakness in my legs on my left side, and then it started in my arm.
“I went to the doctors and they sent me to the neurologist for brain scans and back searches and stuff.”
Tracy has a history of MS in her family and initially suspected it could be the cause of her symptoms, but doctors soon ruled it out.
After undergoing tests at the Walton Center, she was diagnosed with MND on September 16th.
Tracy said, “I was heartbroken because they told me I could have three to ten years to live, and that was the worst shock more than anything else.
“They told me I’m ending up in a wheelchair and my speech will go completely and I’ll have trouble eating.”
Tracy, who has five children aged 23, 20, 18, 10 and 8, is determined to keep working in her job as an office manager at a school.
She aims to get married early next year to her 12-year-old partner, Andy Ball, 42, and fulfill her dream of going down the aisle.
To help Tracy achieve her dream and give her and Andy “a special day to remember”, her friend Nikki has set up a Go Fund Me page.
“She’s my best friend – we work together,” Nikki said.
“I lost my husband to Covid in January and she was there for me.
“I know what my kids went through and I can ‘t imagine what her boys will go through. That’s why I really want to do something special for her.
“She wants to be able to walk down the aisle, and because things happened so fast, we do not know how fast she will lose her ability to walk.”
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