The popular broadcaster Gareth O & # 39; Callaghan who has been diagnosed with a rare and incurable disease has become engaged to his love for the long term.
Despite the diagnosis of the rare and incurable disease Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), a neurodegenerative disease, the 58-year-old also said that he is grateful for the past 12 months & # 39; is, although they are most & # 39; challenging & # 39; of his life.
He went even further to add that "it was the greatest year of my life".
On his Facebook and Twitter account, the father of three revealed both his joy and that of his fiancée Paula Delaney.
He posted, "I leave Galway shortly after a month of oxygen therapy at the OxyGeneration Clinic, it has been so good in so many ways, but I could not get out of here without asking the woman I love to marry me.
I asked @ PaulaDelaney53 to marry me tonight. She said yes! A very special Sunday evening. It was a crazy time lately with a lot of uncertainty. Everyone needs to know that they really belong. That feeling is more important than anything else pic.twitter.com/VCKAKfsW3L
– Gareth O & # 39; Callaghan (@GarethOCal) February 10, 2019
"A very special Sunday evening, it has been a crazy time lately with a lot of insecurity, everyone needs to know that they really belong to it, that feeling is more important than anything else".
Thousands of fans hastened to congratulate the couple on their news with one who said: "I congratulate you both, so happy for you, I wish you health and happiness for the future."
Another placed: real love will help you through every struggle! Enjoy the future. "
The author, who raises awareness of the disease, undergoes 40 sessions of experimental treatment for his disease in the form of oxygen therapy in a clinic in Galway.
The progressive disease results in a loss of function and death of various types of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Approximately 3,000 people in Ireland and the United Kingdom are diagnosed.
The former RTE and Classic Hits FM station and author said, "It's been a year since my doctor told me that he believed something bad could happen on the horizon, months before tests were done.
"Without a doubt, it was the most challenging year of my life, I'd often wondered over the years what it's like to be told that you have a chronic, incurable disease, now I know what it's like – it's terrifying.
"Ironically, it has also been a year that I personally experienced in one way or another, and that may sound crazy, and none of us wants to get sick, I never wanted to hear that I had this rare disease of which very few people, including many doctors and neurologists, know a lot.
"Since my first session, I have had the pleasure of sharing the hyperbaric room with rugby, football, hurling and camogie players – all using the perfect conditions under pressure to heal severe injuries and improve fitness.
"It is an even greater honor to sit next to people who, like me, hope that the benefits of pure oxygen will support their efforts to alleviate the effects and symptoms of serious diseases that they have encountered on a daily basis in recent years.
"The reason that there is gratitude and acceptance on my part is because it made me realize what really matters in life, and four years ago I met a woman I never believed I would meet. .
"Without her, the world would feel a very empty place, her love and support makes her unbearably manageable on bad days, I could not imagine that we did not know each other for two years."