Charlie Bird opens up about family’s support: “This love is helping me face up to reality”

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Charlie Bird has spoken about how his family have supported him through his trying time.

The broadcaster was diagnosed with motor neuron disease in 2021 and has been open about his journey with the disease.

Speaking candidly he admitted that he does struggle with his mental health at times and is extremely grateful for his family who have been helping him through this process.

Charlie and his wife Claire share two children Neasa and Orla and they are also proud grandparents of five.

Twitter/Charlie Bird

“You ask how my mental health is – to be blunt, it is all over the place and I have many dark days, but I am in a way very lucky that I have amazing support from right across the country,” he told The RTÉ Guide.

He continued to say: “You ask me what fatherhood has given me. I have two lovely daughters and five lovely grandchildren.

“I am in the fortunate position that when I pass, there will be family there to wave me off. I am a fortunate person to receive love and kindness from every quarter and this love is helping me face up to reality.

“I am also fortunate that I have a beautiful and caring wife. Another mad thing is our lovely dog, Tiger, who also helps me to get through those dark days.”

Charlie Bird
Pic: Climb With Charlie/Instagram

Charlie recently took to Twitter to share an update where he revealed that his health is deteriorating.

“I want to be very honest with everyone who is supporting me,” he began.

“My health is deteriorating and so is my movement. I think I am at a crossroads.

“But I want to continue to extend the hand of friendship.

“And I am going to continue to raise awareness for groups that need support.”

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