Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell speaks at the Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, on may 18. June 2018. Rendell is fighting against Parkinson’s disease.
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Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell announced Monday that he is fighting against Parkinson’s disease.
Rendell — Pennsylvania two-term Governor from 2003 to 2010 — said the original diagnosis was made of early onset of Parkinson’s disease, three and a half years.
“I’ve always seen myself as indestructible,” Rendell, 74, said at a press conference at the Pennsylvania Hospital.
“I’ve always seen myself as indestructible.”
– Ed Rendell
Rendell also told reporters that his mother suffered from the disease during the last 13 years of her life.
Rendell said he wanted his diagnosis to the public, and others stress the importance of catching the disease at an early stage.
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“It turns out, I was indestructible, none of us,” Rendell. “But I can be helped. All of us can be.”
Rendell said, the treatment in the hospital, including medication, has stopped the progression of the symptoms and to keep to a schedule, working six days a week.
Rendell was also the Democratic National Committee Chairman and a two-term Philadelphia mayor, received the nickname “America’s mayor.”
He said that he first noticed problems with his balance and his hands are shaking 3 1/2 years, as the members of the family urged him to get checked out.
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Parkinson’s disease is a loss of brain cells that control movement. Besides tremors, it can cause rigid, stopping, walking, slowing of the language, and sometimes dementia. The symptoms worsen over time and can be treated with drugs, but there is no cure.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Cristina Corbin of Fox News reporter in New York. You can follow her on Twitter @Cristina Corbin.