More than a feeling of coldness with challenge

DRENCHED: Wangaratta Private Hospital’s director of nursing Robyn Marklew is a victim of the ice bucket challenge, courtesy of Karen Finnigan, who has Motor Neurone Disease. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

WHEN Karen Finnigan poured buckets of ice over her former workmates, it carried some extra feeling.

Karen administered the ice bucket challenge to Wangaratta Private Hospital’s Director of Nursing Robyn Marklew and fellow staff members Tanya Allen and Maria Seymour last week.

It was a bittersweet moment for Karen, who just loves being around her former workmates.

Karen had to stop working at the hospital, where she had worked for the past six years, after she was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in April.

Receiving the diagnosis came as a shock to Karen, who despite being a nurse for over 30 years, knew very little about the disease.

“I had a virus and one day I woke up with a squeaky voice,” she said.

“I thought it was just part of the virus but then it didn’t go away.”

After seeing several specialists and undergoing some tests, Karen was diagnosed pseudobulbar palsy, which is a form of MND.

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