Prayer’s Up: Jesse Jackson Diagnosed With Parkinson’s Disease
Civil rights activist and politician, Rev. Jesse Jackson has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, he recently announced.
“My family and I began to notice changes about three years ago,” Jackson, 76, said in a statement. “After a battery of tests, my physicians identified the issue as Parkinson’s disease, a disease that bested my father.”
A neurological disorder with no known cure, Parkinson’s is commonly associated with tremors, stiffness and difficulty with walking and balancing. The disease was made popular in the Robin Williams film, Awakenings. Williams’ suffered from early stages of the disease in real life too.
Northwestern Medicine in Chicago said in a statement that Jackson was diagnosed with the disease in 2015 and has been treated as an outpatient in the years since.