Audio slideshow: Living with motor neurone disease

In 2008 Patrick Joyce was diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND), a condition which attacks the ability to send signals to and from the brain.

Despite this, he describes himself as an incurable optimist. Incurable because there is no known cure for MND, but also because he is making sure his last months alive are upbeat.

He has decided to try to paint 100 portraits of people who inspire him before he dies. As his condition deteriorates, it will become harder and harder to achieve his goal.

For BBC World Service's Outlook programme, Matthew Bannister spoke to Patrick from his home in South West England.

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Listen to the entire interview on Outlook from the BBC World Service.

Produced by Paddy Maguire. Slideshow production by Dave Lee. Publication date 26 August 2010.

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