Mum of 5 who started slurring her words told she has less than 10 years to live

A mum-of-five has been told she has less than 10 years to live after being diagnosed with a fatal illness.

Tracy Williams, 43, first went to the doctor around 18 months ago when she was struggling to walk and slurring her words.

After undergoing extensive tests, she was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) on September 16 and was told she could have between three and 10 years left to live, the Liverpool Echo reports.

MND is a rare condition without a cure, that affects the brain and the nervous system, and it can significantly shorten life expectancy, but some people live with it for many years.

Best friend Nikki Stewart is now on a mission to help Tracy walk down the aisle on her wedding day before her mobility deteriorates further.

Tracy told the Echo: "At first it was my foot, it was like it was catching on the floor and then my walking 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 spinal scans and things."

Tracy has a history of MS in her family and initially suspected that could be the cause of her symptoms, but doctors soon ruled it out and she was diagnosed with MND.

The mum from Formby, Merseyside, said: "I was heartbroken because they told me I could have three to 10 years to live and that was the worst shock more than anything.

"They told me I'll end 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 eight, is determined to keep on working in her job as an office manager at a school.

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She is aiming to get married at the start of next year to her partner of 12 years Andy Ball, 42, and fulfil her dream of walking down the aisle.

In order to help Tracy to achieve her dream and give her and Andy "a special day to remember", friend Nikki has set up a GoFundMe page.

Nikki said: "She's my best friend – we work together. I lost my husband to Covid in January and she was there for me.

"I know what my children went through and I can't imagine what her boys will go through. That's why I want to do something special for her really.

"She wants to be able to walk down the aisle and because things happened so quickly, we don't know how quickly she will lose her ability to walk."

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