Broadcaster Charlie Bird says he is no longer afraid to die
Broadcaster Charlie Bird has opened up about his battle with motor neurone disease.
The RTÉ journalist contributed to Sr Stanislaus Kennedy's new book Finding Hope.
In his essay 'Friendship', Charlie says the public's kindness has helped him so much.
"In the last six months, I have received well over a thousand letters and cards from complete strangers from all over Ireland, and these amazing gestures have been so uplifting for me."
"I have made no secret of the fact I am not a deeply religious person, but the hundreds of Mass cards I have received – and, yes, rosary beads too – I accept in the spirit they have been sent to me."
Speaking at the launch of Friendship, Charlie said he is no longer afraid of dying.
"With Stan today, I am with another guiding spirit. So, from the bottom of my heart, you are guiding me, and in a way I am not afraid to die now."
Earlier this year, the broadcaster said he has been struggling with non-stop crying.
He said, "I can’t hide anymore where ever I am in my journey I am crying nonstop when I am out and about.
He continued, "I am not going to give in I am going to keep fighting to extend the hand of friendship to people in dark places.
"But crying nonstop is so awful," Charlie shared.
"A big hug for all the support," he added.