Margaret flies flag for MND

BLUE FOR MND: Margaret Flagg with the Patches of Blue for MND exhibition, which opens in Wagga this week. Picture: Les Smith

BLUE FOR MND: Margaret Flagg with the Patches of Blue for MND exhibition, which opens in Wagga this week. Picture: Les Smith

Margaret and John Flagg did not allow themselves much time to grieve after John’s diagnosis of Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in 2011.

They spent what time he had left making memories and reminiscing about their life together.

“It was emotional, as things are when you are issued a death sentence,” Mrs Flagg said.

“He was very strong, once he set everything he wanted to happen with the rest of his life, it was acceptance.

“We laughed, we argued, we just continued on.”

Mr Flagg lived at home until Mrs Flagg could no longer care for him alone.

He spent 18 months in a nursing home before he died in November, 2014.

Mrs Flagg watched her husband fight a brave battle for three-and-a-half years and she has spent her time since trying to help other families.

She and Judy-Ann Emberson are hosting Patches of Blue for MND, an exhibition of 69 patches of fabric, all featuring cornflour blue.

Mrs Flagg used to stitch with her husband so she wanted to continue the theme.

The exhibition opens September 23 at 6pm at the E3 Art Space at Wagga Art Gallery.

Attendees can pay $1 per vote for their favourite square and all money will be donated to MND research.

It will open daily from 10am to 3pm until the following Sunday.

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