Comedian Richard Lewis has recently shared a video on Twitter discussing his diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease, which he received two years ago. Until now, he had been dealing with his health privately.
Though he will not be continuing stand-up comedy, Mr. Lewis plans to continue with his acting and writing careers. He has recently finished his 12th season as a regular on Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Mr. Lewis shared that he has had some health issues over the past three-and-a-half years, including four surgeries back-to-back, including back and shoulder surgery. He mentioned that he started to walk stiffly and shuffle his feet, which led him to see a neurologist.
About two years ago, a brain scan revealed that Mr. Lewis had Parkinson’s Disease. Fortunately, he received the diagnosis later in life, and he is currently receiving the right medication to manage his symptoms.
Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive disorder that affects nerve cells in the brain’s substantia nigra, which controls movement. Symptoms include tremors, slow movement, speech changes, and impaired balance. There is no cure for Parkinson’s Disease, but medication can improve symptoms.
Many people are diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease at age 60 or older, and some celebrities have also received the diagnosis, such as actor Michael J. Fox, who was diagnosed at 29, and singer Neil Diamond.