When I was diagnosed nearly eight years ago I feared my life as I knew it was over. Yet this morning I walked to the front at a big civic remembrance service and conducted my choir in a performance of a piece I had written and composed. I've taken on more piano pupils and am learning watercolour painting and Italian! If I'd known this eight years ago I wouldn't have worried! I just wanted people who have been diagnosed recently not to worry. Don't let yourself be defined by your diagnosis.