Jesse Jackson Announces He Has Parkinson’s Disease

The Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, the longtime civil rights leader and former Democratic presidential candidate, said Friday he has Parkinson’s disease.

Parkinson’s is a movement disorder. Its symptoms include muscle tremors and stiffness and poor balance and coordination. It typically begins after age 50 and can cause difficulty sleeping, chewing, swallowing or speaking.

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Mr. Jackson wrote that he and his family about three years ago began to notice he was having increasing difficulty performing routine tasks and was initially reluctant to see doctors.

He said he saw the diagnosis as “an opportunity” to use his platform to advocate a cure and said that he would not let it disrupt his other advocacy.

“I will continue to try to instill hope in the hopeless, expand our democracy to the disenfranchised and free innocent prisoners around the world,” he wrote.

 

November 20, 2017

Sources:` New York Times

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