Jesse Jackson Suffering From Deadly, Wasting Disease
By Martin Walsh
November 18, 2017 at 9:28am
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In a world where everything is made to be political, it’s easy to lose sight of the things that truly matter in life.
Civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson announced on Friday that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
As noted by the Daily Caller, Jackson released an emotional statement indicating that his diagnosis came after he underwent several tests from specialists.
“My family and I began to notice changes about three years ago,” the 76-year-old Jackson wrote.
“After a battery of tests, my physicians identified the issue as Parkinson’s disease, a disease that bested my father,” he added.
According to the Mayo Clinic, Parkinson’s disease is an incurable neurological disorder that can cause tremors, stiffness and difficulty balancing, walking and coordinating movement.
Jackson said that “recognition of the effects of this disease on me has been painful.”
“For me, a Parkinson’s diagnosis is not a stop sign but rather a signal that I must make lifestyle changes and dedicate myself to physical therapy in hopes of slowing the disease’s progression,” he wrote.
Jackson, a two-time candidate for the Democrat presidential nomination, has been a thorn in the side of American conservatives for decades, but his early days as a soldier in the fight for civil rights can’t be forgotten.
Most notably, Jackson went to Selma, Alabama in 1965 and marched in civil rights demonstrations with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
In his emotional statement, Jackson said he wasn’t alone and that his friends and family have been by side during this difficult process.
“I want to thank my family and friends who continue to care for me and support me,” Jackson said. “I will need your prayers and graceful understanding as I undertake this new challenge.”
While Jackson’s politics haven’t always been friendly to conservatives, no decent person would never wish this terrible disease on him or anyone else.
In time’s like these we are reminded that civility has to trump politics — even liberal politics.
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