The journalist and broadcaster opened up about how his Motor Neurone Disease impacts him on Twitter this week after getting emotional while walking in Dun Laoighre.
Charlie tweeted, “My Motor Neurone Disease effects me in strange ways, not for the first time I was walking the Pier in Dun Laoghaire today with Tiger and I ended up crying most of the way up and down. O God I Felt so embarrassed.
Although he admitted to feeling “embarrassed” by his emotions he shared that he was met with kindness from those who passed him along the way, “But people did extend the hand of friendship to me. Thank you.”
After opening up Charlie was met with a lot more love on social media with fans sending support in the comments.
One fan wrote, “We think you’re brilliant Charlie, what your dealing with is gigantic. I think I’d be no different. Life beings laughter and tears… I used to suppress tears (long ago) but they ganged up on me…now they flow better. Sending hugs xxx you bring light to this mad twitterness.”
While another said, “Don’t be embarrassed the nation understand what you are going through and care for you. Enjoy your autumn walks. Sending good wishes your way.”
Earlier this month Charlie appeared on The Late Late show and told Ryan Tubridy how he was happy to still have good mobility, but more and more tasks were becoming a challenge.
Saying: “If I am really lucky, I may survive another year. I can still walk and when people see me out walking, they tell me I am looking great.”
“But the horrible truth of my MND with my voice now fully gone, my swallow has deteriorated and every time I sit down to eat, it is now a challenge to get through the meal without a coughing fit.”
The Dubliner also opened up about coming to terms with his condition, saying he has accepted it.
Explaining: “The truth is, I have finally come to terms with my illness. In my head, I have come to terms fully with my situation. I understand there is no silver bullet and I have just got to get on with my life. In other words, I fully understand what is ahead of me. ”