Rev. Jesse Jackson Diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease

Frederick Owens
November 19, 2017

"Now in the latter years of my life, at 76-years-old, I find it increasingly hard to perform routine tasks", Jackson wrote, adding that "getting around is more of a challenge". For a while, I resisted interrupting my work to visit a doctor.

Northwestern Medical in the midwestern city of Chicago issued a statement saying Jackson was diagnosed in 2015 and that it has been administering outpatient treatment.

US civil rights leader the Reverend Jesse Jackson disclosed Friday he has Parkinson's disease, a progressive neurological condition that affects body movement.

He now plans to focus on physical therapy, hoping to slow down the disease.

Sadly, Jackson revealed that the disease also claimed the life of his father. "But as my daily physical struggles intensified I could no longer ignore the symptoms, so I acquiesced", he said.

As it stands, around 10 million people are living with the condition worldwide.

Jackson emerged as a prominent voice in the civil rights movement in 1960s.

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In addition to running for US President, he's also credited for helping with the release of three US soldiers who had been held in Yugoslavia.

He noted that about 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson's every year.

Another message read: "Saddened to hear Jesse Jackson has Parkinson's disease".

"I am far from alone", Mr Jackson said.

"Researchers have identified specific genetic mutations that can cause Parkinson's disease, but these are uncommon except in rare cases with many family members affected by Parkinson's disease", according to the Mayo Clinic. I will need your prayers and graceful understanding as I undertake this new challenge. I went on to meet Dr. King and dedicate my heart and soul to the fight for justice, equality, and equal access.

Asked how the diagnosis would impact Jackson's role at the Kenwood-based Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, which he founded in 1971, a Jackson spokesman declined to comment.

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