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Jesse Jackson announced that he has Parkinson's disease

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Civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson announced on Twitter that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

In a statement released Friday he said, "Throughout my career of service, God has kept me in the embrace of his loving arms, and protected me and my family from dangers, seen and unseen. Now in the latter years of my life, at 76 years old, I find it increasingly difficult to perform routine tasks, and getting around is more of a challenge."

After a battery of tests, my physicians identified the issue as Parkinson's disease, a disease that bested my father.
Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.

The statement continues, "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, Parkinson's diagnosis is not a stop sign but rather a signal that I must make lifestyle change and dedicate myself to physical therapy in hopes of slowing the disease's progression."

Read the full statement:

Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder that affects the central nervous system often causing tremors. There is no known cure, but there are some treatments to aid it's affects on the body.

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