Jeremy Paxman on living with Parkinson’s

21 May 2021

Our columnist on the challenges of living with an incurable brain disease.



The other day I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

It isn’t a fatal prognosis, but it sure as hell can make living a bit of a bugger. There will be plenty of readers who know what I’m talking about from personal experience: according to my fellow Parkinson’s incubator, the comedy writer Paul Mayhew-Archer, two people in the UK are diagnosed with the disease every hour of the day. Which, as he points out, means that ‘some people get told at three o’clock in the morning.’ At least it happened to me in daylight.

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