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Rev. Jesse Jackson announces he has Parkinson's disease

Rev. Jesse Jackson announces he has Parkinson's disease

The Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. revealed in a statement Friday that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

The 76-year-old civil rights leader said he had found it difficult to perform routine tasks and after a battery of tests was diagnosed by his physicians with Parkinson’s, a disease that ailed his father.

“My family and I began to notice changes about three years ago. 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,” he said in a statement.

Northwestern Medicine also released a statement saying Jackson was diagnosed with the disease in 2015 and...

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