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Rev. Jesse Jackson Reveals He Is Diagnosed With Parkinson’s Disease

Rev. Jesse Jackson Reveals He Is Diagnosed With Parkinson’s Disease

Rev. Jesse Jackson Reveals He Is Diagnosed Parkinson's Disease
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Rev. Jesse Jackson has revealed that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

“My family and I began to notice changes about three years ago,” Jackson wrote in a statement according to a report from NPR. “After a battery of tests, my physicians identified the issue as Parkinson’s disease, a disease that bested my father.”

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“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,” he added, before concluding “I am far from alone. I want to thank my family and friends who continue to care for me and support me. I will need your prayers and graceful understanding as I undertake this new challenge.”

Approximately one million Americans live with Parkinson’s, with 60,000 diagnosed each year. Parkinson’s is commonly known for causing tremors and other muscle-control problems, and as it progresses the disease leaves its victims with impaired coordination and balance. There is still no cure for the disease.

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Jackson first started noticing symptoms “about three years ago” and has been receiving outpatient treatment for the disease from Northwestern Medicine since then.

At 76, Jackson is a longtime civil rights activist, having worked alongside Martin Luther King Jr., as well as founded the Rainbow PUSH Coalition.

Source: npr.org


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