Mike Tindall has opened up about his father’s battle with Parkinson’s disease in a new TV interview, leaving viewers moved.
The former rugby star showed up BBC Breakfast to promote a support scheme for those suffering from the condition. In the segment that was sent to raise awareness, Tindall, who is married the queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall, met with others suffering from the insidious disease.
Tindall revealed that his father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2003 and called for a database to be set up where those diagnosed with the disease could share their symptoms and experiences.
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“Obviously, doctors and neurologists are going to vary in their advice, so you almost have to read the stories to actually figure out what will work for you, what will sit better with you, so I think it’s definitely a place we could get to, “he said.
“A resource that people who are newly diagnosed, or if people are walking on the path and just on a plateau, can go and try to utilize and improve their skills a little bit.”
Viewers were quick to take to social media to show support for Tindall with a user commenting: “So moving and informative. Great to watch BBC Breakfast bring us these important deep dive stories rather than constantly rolling news. Have loved watching Marcus Rashford &, Rob Burrows also co-productions. More please “
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Another Parkinson’s patient described his struggle with the disease and wrote: “I was diagnosed at the age of 30 and have suffered from #Parkinsons for about 20 years. Life can be hard at times. But the worst time I had was in the workplace with a lack of knowledge and compassion / empathy. “
Tindall has previously talked about the reality of seeing a loved one living with Parkinson’s disease. In a 2019 interview on Good Morning Britain, he told the hosts “it’s a nightmare disease.”
Since 2018, Mike has been the patron of Parkinson’s cure, a charity working to support the sick.
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