I am Ed Lunnon, and Ed Lunnon is a happy traveller.
On Thursday 8 February 2007 I was in Cape Town, South Africa, but this time on a very different journey.
At 9h00 I walked into the neurologist’s office and when I walked out, it was the beginning of a trip unlike any other I had previously undertaken.
After five months of medical tests, a degenerative neurological disease called corticalbasal degeneration had been diagnosed. I was told that this illness would progressively melt down my body and eventually I would become severely incapacitated. I was told to return to my home in Port Elizabeth and do my best to enjoy the next three years of quality life remaining.
My personal diary documenting that poignant final journey was shared with my friends and family, initially by e-mail and later through Facebook. Then, by popular request, my private thoughts were placed in the public domain through a blog site called BrainStorms, and a weekly radio programme, ED is in wED, with presenter Lance du Plessis of AlgoaFM. The natural progression was to a website which I decided to call Live.Life, and eventually, to a book in the making.
These activities, and the public support in reaction to them, have sustained and encouraged me along the difficult steps of that journey and the act of saying farewell to a beloved world in and through which I have so enjoyed travelling.
Hopefully, the time you spend travelling through this website and blogsite accompanying me on my final journey, will encourage you to live Life each and every day, and to remind you to embrace the delicate, transient moments of your lives.
After all, our lives and the precious moments we share with the people we love are gone so soon.
But we never need lose the time we spend enjoying them. It is the memory of those times that can assist us to conquer our fears of our final earthly trip – of facing death and leaving behind those whom we have loved and with whom we have shared that time.
"And if we can conquer our fears, we can conquer anything."
Ed has spoken at and acted as MC at many public and private functions. He is available to speak at your next function.
Be an ACE ...
Live and leave A bundantly
Laugh C ontinuously
Love E ndlessly
To succeed in Life, you need a Wishbone, a Backbone and a Funnybone