Imogen Thomas reveals her mother Janet has been diagnosed with motor neurone disease and admits her health battle has left her 'heartbroken and in disbelief' SuperNayr

Imogen Thomas has revealed her mum Janet has been diagnosed with motor neurone disease.

In a heart-wrenching Instagram post, the Big Brother star, 41, shared that Janet had been battling the terminal disease for six months, and the diagnosis had left her ‘heartbroken and in disbelief.’

Sharing a montage of clips and snaps documenting Janet’s battle with MND, Imogen said she decided to share it publicly after watching Coronation Street’s emotional new storyline, which has seen Paul Foreman diagnosed himself. 

Imogen wrote: ‘There is no easy way to say this. Six months ago- Our mum was diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND). 

‘For those who are not aware of MND it’s an uncommon condition that affects the brain and nerves.

Imogen Thomas has revealed her mum Janet has been diagnosed with motor neurone disease and has been battling the worsening condition for six months

Imogen Thomas has revealed her mum Janet has been diagnosed with motor neurone disease and has been battling the worsening condition for six months

In a heart-wrenching Instagram post, the Big Brother shared that the diagnosis had left her 'heartbroken and in disbelief'

In a heart-wrenching Instagram post, the Big Brother shared that the diagnosis had left her ‘heartbroken and in disbelief’

Sharing a montage of clips and snaps documenting Janet's battle with MND, Imogen said she decided to share it publicly after watching Coronation Street's emotional new storyline

Sharing a montage of clips and snaps documenting Janet’s battle with MND, Imogen said she decided to share it publicly after watching Coronation Street’s emotional new storyline

‘It causes weakness that gets worse over time. It’s rapidly progressing, life-threatening condition that affects six people in the UK every single day. The worst part is there’s no cure.

‘It’s been a journey we never expected and hoped it would never be.’

Imogen added that by sharing Janet’s diagnosis she is hoping she can raise awareness of MND, and help her mother to connect with others ‘who understand what she is going through’.

‘The Wednesday’s Coronation Street storyline featuring Paul and Billy struck a chord we never expected,’ she wrote.

‘It felt like watching our own emotional rollercoaster, the ups and downs of trying to pin down what’s going on.

‘Can you believe we went through three misdiagnoses? Spent a fortune in Harley Street to be told anything but MND.

‘We even sent my mum to rehab in Leeds for a month believing she would make a miraculous recovery as she was told she had FND [Functional Neurologic Disorders] which is a neurological disorder. Looking back now her determination during rehab was incredible.’

‘My sister and I are heartbroken and still in disbelief. It’s hard to wrap our heads around. We just don’t want to believe it.

Imogen added that by sharing Janet's diagnosis she is hoping she can raise awareness of MND, and help her mother to connect with others

Imogen added that by sharing Janet’s diagnosis she is hoping she can raise awareness of MND, and help her mother to connect with others

In the post she included a collection of videos and snaps showing herself and her daughters helping Janet manage her worsening symptoms

In the post she included a collection of videos and snaps showing herself and her daughters helping Janet manage her worsening symptoms

‘My mum has some great friends. We would love to connect with others in the same situation to share experiences and support each other.’

‘Life is short and precious. We are grabbing it with both hands for as long as we can ❤️.

WHAT IS MOTOR NEURONE DISEASE?

Motor neurone disease is a rare condition that mainly affects people in their 60s and 70s, but it can affect adults of all ages.

It’s caused by a problem with cells in the brain and nerves called motor neurones. These cells gradually stop working over time. It’s not known why this happens.

Having a close relative with motor neurone disease, or a related condition called frontotemporal dementia, can sometimes mean you’re more likely to get it. But it doesn’t run in families in most cases.

Early symptoms can include weakness in your ankle or leg, like finding it hard to walk upstairs; slurred speech, finding it hard to swallow, a weak grip, and gradual weight loss.

If you have these symptoms, you should see a GP. They will consider other possible conditions and can refer you to a specialist called a neurologist if necessary.

If a close relative has motor neurone disease or frontotemporal dementia and you’re worried you may be at risk of it, they may refer you to a genetic counsellor to talk about your risk and any tests you can have

Source: NHS UK 

 

‘As I said above my mum and I would love to connect with anyone experiencing the same as us.’

Imogen was quickly flooded with comments from follwoers sharing their own experiences, with one writing: ‘Sending you lots of love and strength as you go through this time.’

Another added: ‘Oh, Imogen, I know what you went through trying to find a solution with her back issues. I am so sorry that they misdiagnosed your mum too many times. 

‘My uncle had MND, so I feel your sadness. Stray strong lovely and cherish every moment xx.’

A third wrote: ‘I lost my dad 10 years ago to MND we knew nothing about it- it took so long to get a diagnosis and was a horrendous ordeal for all of us.

‘We raise money whenever we can for the MNDA because this cruel disease needs treatment- and a cure.

‘Sending positive thoughts to you all. Video everything. Enjoy every second. I wish I’d done more with my dad. You still have time. Strength to you all xxxxx.’

Motor neurone disease is a rare condition that mainly affects people in their 60s and 70s, but it can affect adults of all ages.

It’s caused by a problem with cells in the brain and nerves called motor neurones. These cells gradually stop working over time. It’s not known why this happens.

In December last year, Imogen confirmed her romance with banker Michel Aramouni as they put on a very saucy display during a shopping trip in London.

The lovebirds were spotted as they returned hand-in-hand to the swanky Claridge’s hotel laden with Selfridges’ shopping bags. 

Last year Imogen revealed she has a new boyfriend who is not in the public eye after splitting from her ex Adam Horsley back in 2018 – but has said she won’t marry.

The stunner who split from Adam after a seven year relationship, said she was ‘sick of being single’ last year and has since got back into dating.

The mother-of-two said she attempted online dating but had no success and ended up ‘randomly’ meeting her new man through friends.

 The former model also admitted that she ‘doesn’t ever want to get married’ despite finding love again and firmly shut down having any more children.

Imogen split from ex Adam, the father of her two children Ariana Siena, ten, and Siera Aleira, seven, following a seven-year relationship in 2018.

The mum-of-two raised suspicion at the time when she posted a cryptic Instagram post about feeling ‘hurt’.

But at the time, her representatives kept quiet about the rumours.

She later confirmed the split in a statement sent to MailOnline. 

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