A letter from a Sydney newspaper changed the course of my life.
I started to read it.
It was a letter I had sent to the editor of the Daily Telegraph a year earlier.
The piece was about an Australian man who had died of a rare condition called “sudden-onset progressive multifocal optic neuropathy” (SPOFN).
He was diagnosed when he was two years old and died three years later.
I wrote the article on my mobile phone and the phone started ringing with people who wanted to talk about their lives.
It’s not unusual for people who are struggling with a condition to ask me for advice.
It took me some time to understand the depth of their pain.
The Daily Telegraph was the only paper in Australia that carried my letter, but there were a lot of other publications around Sydney that were covering the case, too.
I started reading all of them.
The story was really touching.
I felt like I was witnessing the life of a young man who was just starting to find his voice.
It’s a devastating disease for which there is no cure.
It is very rare.
It affects just one in every two Australians.
The median age is 25 and there are no specific age ranges.
I’m not one to shy away from a challenging subject, and this letter has helped me to feel better.
The letters that I wrote to the Daily Herald, for example, were not just my thoughts.
They were real words.
I was able to see them in their full context.
They made me feel better, too, in ways I had not before.
When the letter went viral, the internet took it on.
People asked if they could take the story to their local paper.
The Daily Telegraph, the Herald Sun and News Corp. were all interested.
I got in touch with the owners of the newspapers, who told me they had never heard of this case.
I got in contact with their reporters, and they all wanted to take it on and share the story with the world.
But as I read the letter, I realized the truth was more complex than I had imagined.
The writer had been diagnosed with SPOFN and the letter was a plea to get the attention of the public.
It wasn’t just about me; it was about the millions of Australians who have similar symptoms.
The letter began with a disclaimer: “This is the only way that I will be able to express myself.
I can’t do this alone.
The help of others will only allow me to survive.
I have nothing but the strength to live.”
The author, who was a 28-year-old who had been a police officer, was in a wheelchair and suffering from a rare form of optic nerve disease.
He had developed a condition that left him unable to see or hear, and he was struggling to find work.
He was not a candidate for any nursing jobs.
The author wrote in the letter: “I’ve had enough of living life on my own, I’ve had too much of it and the only thing I can do is to tell the world that I have the strength, the courage and the grace to live on my feet.”
The writer also wrote: “It’s time for me to go.
I am not one of those people who wants to live my life on a leash.
It seems to me that it’s the only path that will help me.”
I thought to myself: I can help other people with their own lives too.
So, I started researching SPOFNs and I began to look at different treatments.
I realised there were some things that could help the writer.
He would need a blood transfusion and an MRI to measure his optic nerve degeneration.
He also needed to go to the doctors and get his treatment.
There were no tests available for people with SPFO.
The author said he wanted to be “free of the chains of pain”.
The story caught the attention and the Daily Sun was interested in publishing it.
But the paper had to cancel the article.
I couldn’t let it happen.
I had to find a way to get it published.
The editor told me that the Daily Mail was also interested in it.
I approached a number of other newspapers, including The Australian and The Sydney Morning Herald.
I tried to reach out to the ABC but the paper’s managing director said they were not interested in doing so.
But it was too late.
It had become a national story.
The letter became a national rallying cry and people began to come forward.
My website, www.sanspirit.com.au, received more than 600,000 hits within a matter of hours.
It took me two weeks to find someone who could take on the project.
I sent out an email to all the papers asking for the story.
I also sent out a letter to a number, like the Herald and The Daily Star, and the rest of the media outlets.
I wanted to create a platform where people could talk about what was