Gareth O'Callaghan is one of Irish radio's most popular and familiar voices.
In 2018, after receiving a life-changing diagnosis, he retired from fulltime work and give up the career in radio that he had loved for decades.
Here, in this deeply personal story, he tells his story of resilience, acceptance and hope. From the moments after his doctor uttered the words Multiple System Atrophy -- a rare, incurable, progressive neurological disease that has a fatal prognosis -- to coming to terms with a new way of living, and he explains how, slowly, inner reserves and determination supported him on the path he finds himself on.
With his trademark empathy, insight and honesty, he looks at how, no matter what the circumstances, we can choose how we live and that every life must be lived to the fullest. "For me, this is not a choice. It's all I want, namely a full and loving life that I strive to choose every day over everything else - considering that maybe the big odds are heavily stacked against that. But I don't care what the odds might be; I'll keep defying them for as long as I can keep fighting and living."
Gareth O'Callaghan is one of Ireland's most popular radio presenters, having enjoyed a successful career that has stretched across forty years.
During that period he has worked for many radio stations, both home and abroad, including RTE and BBC.
He also spent a number of years working as a psychotherapist in Ireland.
In 2018, Gareth took early retirement from his radio career after being diagnosed with Multiple System Atrophy, a rare and incurable, progressive neurodegenerative disease, which carries a fatal prognosis.
He is the author of six books, including the 2003 No. 1 bestseller, 'A Day Called Hope', which documented his own personal journey through and beyond depression.
He spends much of his time these days writing and blogging. He continues to challenge this awful illness through daily physical exercise, while urging others with similar debilitat