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Author Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett talks about his Alzheimer's

Author Terry Pratchett, who wrote the Discworld series, talks to BBC Radio Stoke’s Pete Morgan about being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s…

What do the names 'Jingo, 'Hogfather' or 'Mort' mean to you? They are in fact books, part of the best selling 'Discworld' series by Terry Pratchett OBE. 
During the nineties, he was the UK's biggest selling author and there are more than 55 million copies of his books floating around out there.

But, at the end of 2007, the fantasy author posted a statement online saying he'd been diagnosed with a rare form of early-onset Alzheimer's disease, something he says explained a 'phantom stroke' he had earlier in the year. 

So what was it like to find out? And how do you plan for the future?

BBC Radio Stoke’s Pete Morgan spoke to the best-selling author…

last updated: 22/12/2009 at 08:42
created: 29/01/2008

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Linda Steers
He's fantastic. I've got minor physical health problems that really pull me down, make me tired, etc, etc, but listening to him made me almost feel guilty! I understand how he feels about knowing what's wrong with you - I'm still trying to persuade some learned medical practitioner to figure out why I'm feeling tired, etc, etc, because then I'd know what I could do/not do about it. I'd want to know if that car's coming. He's given me, and so many other fans, such pleasure through his books and now the TV films that we'll always love him in our fannish ways. But he's an articulate, intelligent man who can use his unwanted fame to try to make 'the powers that be' understand that they don't have the right to withhold medication or make decisions about people's lives in the way the do. It should be a case of 'we've got a pill that will help - here it is' and not 'we've got a pill - but you're too young, too old, not sick enough, not worth worrying about (tick the relevant box) and he's just the guy to stand up and point a finger at all those people who feel they have the right to decide who's going to live and who isn't.

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