A huge response to the documentary about presenter Tudur Phillips’ battle against Ankylosing Spondylitis.
In the latest edition of the documentary series O’r Galon, viewers followed the 25-year-old presenter as he faces the long andpainful journey ahead fighting a disease that affects so many people inWales and theUK.
There is no cure for A.S. at the present time, a chronic disease which affects the spine and can lead to severe disability. There are however new treatments available to help alleviate some of the disease’s symptoms.
Debbie Cook, Director of the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society welcomed the programme.
Debbie Cook said, “Ankylosing Spondylitis, apainful, progressive, rheumatic disease, affects approximately 200,000 people in theUKbut often goes undiagnosed for many years. NASS is grateful to S4C for raising the profile of the disease.”
A number o messages was posted on Twitter, email and with the S4C Viewers’ Hotline, hailing the programme’s contribution to the public awareness of the condition that affects over 5,000 people inWales.
Here are some of the messages:
- “Just a note to congratulate you on the programme. I’ve just watched it and I was in tears. Very interesting. Tudur and his family are very brave.”
- “The programme was brill. I enjoyed it and have recorded it for my mum nad dad.”
- “What a corker! I really enjoyed the programme last night. Tudur and his family came over well – it was just the perfect balance between being positive and raw emotion.”
- “Thank you for broadcasting this programme about Ankylosing Spondylitis. I’ve had the condition for more than 20 years, although it was only last year that I was told that I had the condition. Tudur’s story is very familiar to me – especially thepain, fatigue and the lack of understanding for the condition. Like Tudur, I’ve kept fit and I can’t emphasise how important it is to be physically fit in the battle to fight the disease.”
Watch O’r Galon: Tudur Phillips – Yn y Gwaed again on Sunday 29 May at 10.50pm, with on-screen English subtitles, or anytime on Clic.