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'The Chase' Star Paul Sinha Diagnosed With Parkinson's Disease

'The Chase' Star Paul Sinha Diagnosed With Parkinson's Disease

The Chase's Paul Sinha has revealed he's been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease at age 49.

The TV star, who appears on the ITV quiz show at Chaser The Sinnerman, revealed the news on his Twitter on Friday, stating: "I have Parkinson's disease. I will fight this with every breath I have."

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In his tweet, Paul linked to a blog post title 'Diagnosis' in which he detailed the moment he found out he had the progressive neurological disease.

In in he writes: "On the evening of Thursday May 30th, an experienced consultant neurologist calmly informed me that I had Parkinson's disease. It was a devastating denouement to a medical odyssey that began in September 2017 with a sudden-onset, frozen right shoulder, and took in an unexpected diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes, a lifestyle transformation that enabled me to lose two stone, and a shoulder operation in January this year.

He continues: "Nonetheless my reaction was not one of shock. I spent May this year in New Zealand simultaneously having the comedy month of my life, and worrying about why a right-sided limp was now getting worse.

"Behind the facade of the cheerful, late night comedy festival drunk was a man deeply scared about facing the truth when back in the UK. It has been a really, really tough two weeks.

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"Cancelling my run at the Edinburgh Fringe, missing the World Quizzing Championships to have brain scans, performing club sets whilst emotionally bewildered, and of course working my way through my loved ones, delivering the bad news."

Credit: ITV
Credit: ITV

Paul explains that since his diagnosis, he feels more "prepared for the new challenges ahead" thanks to his strong support system.

He says: "With the diagnosis now confirmed, and a treatment plan in place, I now feel far more prepared for the new challenges ahead. I have an amazing family, no strangers to serious medical illness, I'm blessed to have a fiance who is there for me, and I have a multitude of friends and colleagues whom I consider to be exceptional human beings. I don't consider myself unlucky, and whatever the next stage of my life holds for me, many others have it far worse."

Paul finished: "In the time since my Parkinson's started I have been ludicrously busy, and fully intend to keep Chasing, keep writing and performing comedy, keep quizzing and keep being hopeless at Tasks. Dancing on Ice is, I suspect, out of the question. A lot of people have asked 'What can I do to help?' The answer is to treat me exactly the same as before."

Credit: ITV
Credit: ITV

Parkinson's is a degenerative disease in which the brain becomes progressively damaged over the years. Some of the symptoms include involuntary body tremors, slow movement and stiff muscles.

The disease is thought to affect around 1 in 500, and most tend to develop symptoms when they are over 50. Around one in 20 will develop symptoms when they're under 40.

Parkinson's is slightly more common in men than women.

If you or a loved one are affected by Parkinson's you can call Parkinsons.org for help and support on 0808 800 0303.

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Topics: Health, the chase, Celebrity News, ITV

Ciara Sheppard

Ciara is a freelance journalist working for Pretty 52. After graduating from the University of Sussex, Ciara worked as a writer at GLAMOUR Magazine and later as the Assistant Editor of Yahoo Style UK. Please contact her on ciarasheppard@hotmail.co.uk.

 

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