"It's a bit like you've got a broken arm and you're sent home to fix it yourself but with MND it's a much more serious condition because it's a terminal condition and no-one's actually beaten MND to date, and that's my annoyance that the powers that be have done nothing over the last 25 years plus to bring any extra sort of drugs or help to the table. While there are exceptions - Stephen Hawking died 55 years after his diagnosis - about half of sufferers die within three years of developing symptoms. "Dressing is hard work. I had to ask for a serious bit of help from my good lady. Enjoy Saturday chief.

He also has to cut his food up small and sometimes he wears a neck brace. Hamish said: "As soon as I walked out it was amazing.

"If you give in, I think the whole body gives in. It was a great moment.".

"They say these sort of collisions could have an effect on the brain," he said. A big favourite with the Murrayfield crowd, the 6ft 6in lock was famously described by commentator Bill McLaren as as being "on the charge like a mad giraffe".

A terrible disease being being borne with dignity. But he said he had grown frustrated with efforts to develop a cure or new medicine to combat the progress of MND through the body, saying that it has been 25 years since a new drug was released. Doddie promised he was going to raise money to help with research and to help people with motor neurone disease. The journey with the camera is to tell people what's out there, to tell people to keep a positive outlook - because that's the best and only drug that's available at the moment.".

Doddie's doctor told him he would be in a wheelchair within a year. He is emotional talking about family. "Never a bad party, never a dull moment and that's the way I've gone into life," he says. Anyhow, not so important as the much more widely held thoughts and regards for one of the best in D. Weir, Remember seeing him play for Newcastle against Saracens years and years ago, he practically won every ball in the air that night, Mounting of a man with the personality to match ,love you bro. "You could see him welling up, that's when it hit me. While Celtic were all too weak, Rangers are showing signs under Steven Gerrard they have grown up as a team, writes Tom English. I don't think the professionals know either. Doddie won't let MND encroach on his life. Doddie also wrote his autobiography, My Name'5 Doddie - a reference to his number five shirt number - and said one of the reasons was to let his sons know what he got up to on the tours with the Lions. Big Doddie - still here, still making memories. At this point, the MND was mainly affecting Doddie's hands, making everyday tasks like fastening a button difficult. Over time the muscles weaken and stop working, inhibiting the ability to walk, talk, eat or drink unaided. So choked up when I saw him and his kids bring the match ball on to Murrayfield in November, all the best Doddie. I was speechless. The boys are helping too. I guess It speaks to the current level of discourse in general, and the 'look mates that was my down arrow did you notice it' mentality!

To me, the kids have still got a lot to do, and I'd like to support them. Instead, he quietly but unmistakably commands the Celtic boardroom as he seeks to raise further funds to battle the motor neurone disease that is killing him.

Doddie's beloved mother, Nanny, died after more than two years battling cancer. Best wishes to a brilliant guy.! MND is the name of a group of illnesses affecting the nerves controlling motor functions - the movement of muscle. It didn't take a life-changing diagnosis to suddenly spark a lust for life or determination to look on the bright side of it.

The challenges now are smaller, more mundane, but every bit as important. When you're told you've got MND, you go home and you go and Google on the computer of how to try and rectify your issue on how to stay alive. However, June 2019 brought devastating news to the Weir family. He has just returned from a family holiday to Majorca where he choked on a piece of toast. Every patient has to look at their self cure.".

In August 2017, Doddie gave an interview to his fellow Scotland rugby star, BBC broadcaster John Beattie. His shoulders had wasted. And getting to the weekend to watch the boys' rugby.".

Post moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Dear BBC, please find a way to honour Doddie in this years SPOTY awards. "With any luck, I've got a year, a year plus, to enjoy this," Weir says. That's Doddie though. He said: "The kids are doing things not a lot of teenagers don't need to do - like having to help dress their old boy. We may then apply our discretion under the user terms to amend or delete comments. But there is still one big goal - the big party which is being planned for his 50th birthday in July next year. Readers’ comments: You are personally liable for the content of any comments you upload to this website, so please act responsibly.

I've got a new suit getting ready, so look out. Doddie met Joost at Murrayfield many years before his illness and found him an inspirational character. That is all. At the start of filming, neither Doddie nor John Beattie expected he would still be reasonably mobile by the time of their last interview in November 2019. I am where I am, so you have to try to build and fight that.". That's unacceptable.

Doddie used the interview to launch his charity, the My Name'5 Doddie Foundation, and said he wanted to "stop the disease". Last updated on 30 October 201830 October 2018.From the section Scottish Rugbycomments102. Doddie will have reached the two-year mark in December since his diagnosis and is determined to maximise every moment. Doddie Weir: You Google how to stay alive. His wife Kathy recalled the exact moment that changed their lives forever. He won 61 Scottish caps through the 90s, and was selected for the British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa in 1997. There is currently no cure and only one medicine has been licensed in the UK in the last 25 years, which can prolong life for about one to two months. Inspirational. In a career that scaled the heights of 61 Scotland caps and selection for the British and Irish Lions, Doddie Weir won plenty of battles.

"If I allowed the peg to go in, I wouldn't be able to swim - and swimming and aqua aerobics are an important part of keeping me where I am. "The reason for doing this is to try to explain the frustrations," he said.

Amy Irons, from BBC Scotland's The Nine, takes on former Scotland defender Steven Pressley in this week's Sportscene Predictions. The sheer force of his personality has helped raise substantial awareness and money in the fight against MND through the work of his charity, My Name'5 Doddie Foundation. .css-8h1dth-Link{font-family:ReithSans,Helvetica,Arial,freesans,sans-serif;font-weight:700;-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;color:#FFFFFF;}.css-8h1dth-Link:hover,.css-8h1dth-Link:focus{-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}Read about our approach to external linking. Such a nice bloke, played against him, many years ago, he was everywhere, arms like Inspector Gadget. Frustration would be the prevalent emotion over the next two years - frustration at the medical profession, and frustration at the lack of help after his diagnosis. SCOTTISH rugby legend Doddie Weir has told how he had to turn to the internet after being given a "death sentence" diagnosis of Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

He joked about needing two hands to lift a pint. Weir said that he is living with "slow, progressive" MND and that he had already lived longer than the average survival rate for sufferers, which is three years. There were tears when he said wanted to see his boys grow up, learn to drive, give them advice about girlfriends and do the things his dad did for him. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Other people it starts with their voice, their eating, their legs.

It's just the emotional side of things that is hitting us hard," he said. In November we received the necessary approvals to establish My Name’5 Doddie Foundation. "Looking back it was probably not long after that injury that I got MND. "It's going to be amazing. "Gregor Townsend played a part in getting dad out. The 49-year-old started playing rugby for Stewart's Melville RFC. Weir, who learned he had been diagnosed with the disease in 2016, said that care services have helped him deal with the symptoms of the terminal disease, which causes sufferers to slowly lose function in their muscles.

Joost died in early 2017, not long after Doddie's own diagnosis. "Use it or lose it" became his mantra. He explained: "This is for the eventuality that I can't go upstairs in the house.

Doddie Weir: It was the good old days of Melrose v Gala. "The second one got stuck in my throat. Maybe that’s because through time, there have been some genuine, unforgettable moments. Looking back it was surreal and an experience I'll never have again. They are adapting well.". But that's life. So in a way I can still do everything, although things are maybe a little bit slower than they used to be.". BBC Scotland documentary Doddie Weir: One More Try, South Africa's Joost van der Westhuizen revealed he had been diagnosed with the condition, sceptical about any link between the sport and the condition. As Scottish lower league football returns this weekend, why not test your knowledge by trying to name all 30 clubs in Scotland's bottom three divisions?

But there are a lot of people who get MND who don't play rugby.". That came as more signs of the disease were starting to show. Doddie Weir is not the first rugby international to face MND. "Certainly fighting MND is like that as well, there's no point in getting down. A room will be converted into my bedroom. With Kathy - it must be difficult for her. If Kathy wasn't there and she didn't thump me in the back, I could have been in a bit of serious trouble.".