An Arbroath man has been nominated for a national award recognising his cheery disposition in the face of adversity.
Gavin Law (31) was nominated for the Smile Award by his partner Emily Rees for his unflinching approach to life despite being afflicted with several life-altering conditions including aplasia and Addison’s Disease.
These conditions can have very serious repercussions. Emily explained: “Aplasia is basically when your gullet doesn’t work so you can’t eat food and so he gets fed through a tube inserted into his stomach.
“Gavin also has Addison’s Disease so he’s constantly got low blood pressure so he can pass out a lot. He gets really ill if his blood pressure is too low.”
According to Emily, Gavin’s fortitude is inspirational and he never lets life get him down, especially when it comes to their 18 month old daughter Rebekah.
She said: “Gavin is always cheerful and he’s always doing stuff with our little girl. I’ve got aplasia too so I struggle to do a lot but he does practically everything.
“He’s always taking her out swimming when he can, he just tries so hard to be a really good dad to her.
She continued: “I think he’s a huge inspiration to other people and I think he’s got pretty much the hardest life you can have at the moment.
“He is proof that when life is bad you can still keep going on, I don’t know how he does it.”
The Smile Awards were founded by Johnston Press Scotland in partnership with Stress the Positive to help mark Scotland’s Happiness Day, which is on November 2.
The awards are supposed to help recognise those unsung heroes of everyday life who cheer up life with a smile, a laugh or a kind deed. To nominate someone visit www.scotlandshappinessday.com