November 17, 2017
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The Rev. Jesse Jackson revealed on Friday that he had been battling with Parkinson’s disease for the last two years.
In a statement on Twitter, Jackson announced the news, also providing an update on his status.
“Recognition of the effects of this disease on me has been painful, and I have been slow to grasp the gravity of it. 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 progression.”
Read the entire statement below.
MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT to my friends and supporters on my health and the future. pic.twitter.com/JkuDNpxkix
— Rev Jesse Jackson Sr (@RevJJackson) November 17, 2017
According to Yahoo Finance, “about 60,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with Parkinson’s annually, according to the Parkinson’s Foundation. It can start with tremors and symptoms generally worsen over time. The exact cause isn’t known and treatments include medications, surgery and physical therapy.”
Our prayers and thoughts are with the iconic leader.