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December 13, 2017

Rev. Jesse Jackson announces Parkinson's disease diagnosis


Rev. Jesse Jackson announces Parkinson’s disease diagnosis

Rev. Jesse Jackson, a leader in the fight for civil rights for more than half…


Rev. Jesse Jackson, a leader in the fight for civil rights for more than half a century, announced Friday he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

The 76-year-old said he began to notice changes in his health three years ago and after a series of tests was told he has the neurological disorder that can cause tremors in the arms, legs and other body parts, as well as cause issues with other motor functions.

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“Recognition of the disease on me has been painful, and I have been slow to grasp the gravity of it,” he said in a letter to his supporters.

Jackson said the disease “bested his father.”

“For me, a Parkinson’s diagnosis is not a stop sign but rather a signal that I must make lifestyle changes and dedicate myself to physical therapy in hopes of slowing the disease’s progress.”

Approximately one million Americans live with Parkinson’s, with 60,000 diagnosed each year.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.


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Rev. Jesse Jackson announces Parkinson’s disease diagnosis


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