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Former journalist Henk Blanken, despite Parkinson’s ‘happier than ever’

Writer and former journalist Henk Blanken (59) got eight years ago, the diagnosis of Parkinson’s and is nevertheless happier than ever, he said Monday in an interview with the Volkskrant.

“As long as I can write, think and read,” he says. “I write every day. Writing is for me the ultimate happiness. The crazy paradox is that I have more time to write, have since I was told that my time is limited.”

Since Whites at the age of 51 got to hear that he has Parkinson’s, a disease in which the nerve cells slowly die off, he has but a quarter of the energy of the past, he talks hard and he walks with a stick.

It still has him no effort, his illness to accept. “Accept that there are on the main questions of existence are no answers, that you are the man you have become, that you not otherwise have been had. Accepting your fate leads to the fact that your energy is not pointless spend and makes that you lot of things you can do.”

Whites was forty years dagbladjournalist

Nearly forty years worked for White people for, among others, the Volkskrant and the guardian. In addition, he wrote three books on journalism.

About his illness, the former journalist and writer, in 2015 the non-fiction novel Pistoolvinger, who in the past year a re-release, You don’t die. For the Correspondent, he writes stories about Death & Decay.

Click here to read the entire interview with Henk Blanken in de Volkskrant.

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