Against all odds, Gavin’s Live-Life Approach enables him to live a full and fulfilling life more than two years into his MND/ALS journey. Live-Life provides an essential framework for maximising happiness and well-being in the face of adversity. It consists of 6 components: Mindset, Sharing your Diagnosis, Social Life and Recreation, Nutrition and Exercise, Mobility and Practicality, and Research and Action.

Live LifeAgainst all odds, Gavin’s Live-Life Approach enables him to live a full and fulfilling life more than two years into his MND/ALS journey. Live-Life provides an essential framework for maximising happiness and well-being in the face of adversity.

 

Live-Life:
Mindset

After the initial shock when faced with this devastating situation, it is vitally important to change your mind, heart, and lifestyle. It’s about creating the right mindset to maximise happiness & well-being in the face of adversity.
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Live-Life: Sharing Your Diagnosis

Sharing your diagnosis with others is hard, not just for you, but for the loved ones you are sharing it with. That said, it needs to happen at the right time for YOU.
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Live-Life: Social Life and Recreation

Surround yourself with your closest friends and family. Go about your days as you normally would. There are no barriers to doing exactly what you want, regardless of mobility challenges.
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Live-Life: Nutrition and Exercise

Having a good, balanced diet is great for your well-being, mindset, and energy level. It’s all about maximising energy, while at the same time keeping a regular digestive system.
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Live-Life: Mobility and Practicality

You can maintain your happiness and well-being by remaining independent for as long as possible. The patient/occupational therapist relationship is vital to provide the necessary equipment at the right time.
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Live-Life: Research and Action

Knowing that you are making a difference for others is excellent for well-being and mindset. At the right time for you, consider participating in research for a cure, a treatment, or devices.
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Happiness and Well Being ChartBeing diagnosed with ALS gives us each a choice. We can follow the standard no hope, end of life path offered to us by the conventional health system (red) or we can embrace the Live-Life Approach (blue). The difference in outcomes is in the happiness and well-being we experience. Do not accept a steady downward trajectory of unhappiness. Make a choice. Bounce back from the diagnosis and take ownership of your life. LIVE LIFE.

 

“The spirit of the person and his/her approach to life, as well as the human love, friendship and support surrounding that person, are hugely important when facing a medical condition like MND. I do believe that these positive factors can make a difference to the course of the condition. The “Live-Life” approach recommended by Gavin Lanigan is a great philosophy – full of positive energy, stoicism and courage. As a specialist MND Neurologist, I fully endorse the approach of living life to the full, seeking positive angles wherever possible and of reaching out for positive human energy and support for people and families adapting to and coping with MND.”

– Dame Pamela Shaw (DBE MBBS MD FRCP FMedSci), Professor of Neurology, Academic Director, Directorate of Neuroscience