Alan Alda Reveals He Has Parkinson’s

Award-winning star of “M*A*S*H” Alan Alda has revealed that he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease three and a half years ago.  He says the reason he’s revealing it now is that he noticed his thumb twitching in a recent TV interview.  But the actor also says he’s lived a full life, “I’ve acted, I’ve given talks, I help at the Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook, I started this new podcast.”  

Alan also shared a message of hope to those diagnosed with the disease.

"This is not to short-change people who are suffering with really severe symptoms," he said.  "But in the very beginning, to be immobilized by fear and think the worst thing has happened to you, it hasn't happened to you, you still have things you can do." 

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