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McGuinness illness needs more research

Despite the emerging and variant views of Martin McGuinness appearing in the media, one aspect of this that resonated with me was the human side of his passing, having suffered with the rare degenerative disease that I also am being treated for: amyloidosis, which basically attacks all the vital organs of the body.

It is incurable, but is treated with chemotherapy and other drugs, such as Thalidomide, which I have to take 21 days each month on top of kidney dialysis three days a week in the Ulster Hospital.

Last week, I sent a card to Martin McGuinness, informing him that there were people in Bangor praying for him. I have no idea if the card, addressed to Stormont, would have got to him on time, but I hope it did.

Amyloidosis is a difficult disease and there is little public awareness about it. Maybe one last legacy of Mr McGuinness will also be to help shed more light and public attention on this debilitating and serious illness.

colin nevin

Bangor, Co Down

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