Rev. Jesse Jackson has revealed he has Parkinson’s disease.
Parkinson’s is most well-known for causing tremors and other muscle-control problems. It also causes rigidity and stiffness in parts of the body, and as it progresses, the disease leaves its victims with impaired coordination and balance. There is no cure.
The 76-year-old civil rights icon issued a statement today detailing his battle with the disease thus far.
“My family and I began to notice changes about three years ago. For a while, I resisted interrupting my work to visit a doctor. But as my daily physical struggles intensified I could no longer ignore the symptoms, so I acquiesced.”
Rev. Jackson says he has decided to use his voice to help find a cure. Read his full 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