Civil rights activist the Rev. Jesse Jackson said Friday that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. 'My family and I began to notice changes about three years ago,' Jackson wrote in a statement. 'After a battery of tests, my physicians identified the issue as Parkinson's disease, a disease that bested my father.''For a while, I resisted interrupting my work to visit a doctor. But as my daily physical struggles intensified I could no longer ignore the symptoms, so I acquiesced,' Jackson said. 'Recognition of the effects of this disease on me has been painful, and I have been slow to grasp the gravity of it. 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,' Jackson further said.
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