Charlotte Hawkins has opened up. As a British television presenter and journalist, who at this time is employed by ITV.Breakfast programme Good Morning Britain.following her heartbreak of losing her dad on her return back to Good Morning Britain to raise awareness about Motor Neurone Disease, she has been on an occasional roller coaster lately. It was just yesterday when she returned back following the birth of her daughter she called Ella Rose, this year February. It was sad because just a few weeks before the baby was born she faces terrible loss, her father Frank passed away to a long battle with Motor Neurone Disease (MND). So because of this she is on a campaign this month keeping her
dad’s memory alive, but also getting the message across about the sickness.
‘We need to find a cure, every penny counts… the one thing that really shocked me when dad got his diagnosis was that in this day and age, with all the medical advancement that we have, there’s nothing… there’s no cure, there’s no treatment, there’s one drug that slows the symptoms, but that’s it.
‘Effectively it’s a death sentence.’
Speaking to Phillip Schofield and Amanda Holden on This Morning, the 40-year-old TV host opened up about what life was like, living with the disease, and how it not only affected her father, but their whole family, saying: ‘It shook all our worlds… And to discover then more about it, and the effect that it has on a person’s body… they end up being a shell of the person they once were.’
While watching a clip of her dad, Charlotte understandably became emotional, but spoke about how brave her dad handled having MND: ‘And Dad faced the fact that he had this terminal illness, he didn’t let it change him as a person… I never saw him angry or frustrated, even when he lost his mobility and was confined to a wheelchair.’
In 2011, he was given the diagnoses of MND, sadly he didn’t get to meet his granddaughter although he knew she was coming into this world.
and her daughter’s arrival has been a happy blessing, and poetic, saying Ella Rose has been ‘a real positive focus for the family.’
‘It’s the circle of life, my dad leaving us and her arriving.
‘I definitely feel his presence every day, that he’s still watching over us.’