Parkinson's: Robin Williams and the Irony of Optimism

August 27, 2014 7:53 PM

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Parkinson's: Robin Williams and the Irony of Optimism

When I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease at the age of 38, I told almost no one at first. My fear of prejudice or pity from friends and co-workers caused me to keep that secret inside for five years until I told everyone.

For most of the world, the sad news of Robin Williams' suicide followed by the surprising reports that he had been diagnosed with the early stages of Parkinson's disease was a double-barreled shock to our collective conscience. The reaction of my fellow Parkinson's patients to the news has been some...

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