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In a heart wrenching interview on a US radio station, world renowned Scottish comedian Billy Connolly has related his battle with Parkinsons to that of good friend Robin Williams and admitted he has suicidal thoughts.

Connolly was diagnosed with the disease in 2013, says it drives black moods and that the symptoms are just getting worse.  He has started to drool, and fears how bad the symptoms could get in the future.  The star said in the interview that he would not have stopped his friend Robin Williams ending his own life when he did, knowing how he feels.

He is 73 years old, a young age for many, but Connolly says the disease has left him depressed, anxious and fearing he would become a ‘burden’ to those around him.  Reports are that it is these reasons that caused Robin William’s suicide in 2014.

Suicidal thoughts have become something Connolly deals with lying in bed at night knowing his condition will never get better from here.  He says he has considered the way Robin williams died, and taking the same path.  That his friend called him before his death repeatedly to tell him he loved him and he knows now it was him saying goodbye.

“Yeah sometimes I give it a bit of thought when I’m in bed.

“I think “Well this is forever, this isn’t going to get better, it’s going to get worse”.

 “The guy who told me I had it said to me “You realise it’s incurable?” I thought he could have said ‘We have yet to find a cure’ or something like that to put a bit of light at the end of the tunnel.

He discussed the symptoms of the disease which are no longer just occasional, but gradually becoming an impediment to his life.

“I’m okay at the moment but it comes and goes. Sometimes I have trouble getting out of bed and I walk sort of strangely.  Turning over (in my bed) is difficult. Turning from one side to the other can be quite a complicated manoeuvre.  The body isn’t responding sometimes but it is quite interesting as the body changes.

‘I have started to drool as well, that’s a nice thing. That’s going to make me really attractive.’
We hope the laugh he can have with it continues.  Do you know someone who has battled suicidal thoughts with Parkinsons? 

Rebecca Wilson

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  1. My brother-in-law has Parkinson’s and although his is very advanced, he still has a wonderful sense of humour, and he has family and friends who make sure his social life continues and he is always included.
    There are also many government facilities which are available as he needs them. He is a returned serviceman, which may accord him more help than some others, but I recommend families make every effort to seek out all the help which is available, but rarely advertised.

  2. People with this disease should try STEMTECH….it will work to reduce the symptoms.

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    • My first cousin lived to 90 with Parkinsons . He led a very active life and when I saw him last during the Christchurch Earthquake he was on holiday in the city and went about things as usual . May be it was his medication, but I would never have known he had Parkinsons unless I had not known prior and others like wise.

  3. I can understand how he feels. I have watched my husband gradually become someone different as this disease worsens with each passing year. The incidence of Parkinson’s disease seems to be increasing rapidly as the population ages and there seems to be little research going on into it. At least this week they announced a blood test to diagnose it earlier….but I’m not sure it is helpful to know sooner that you have this incurable disease. After a while the available drugs become less effective and there are few alternative therapies to try. It is distressing to care for someone you love as they deteriorate. The helplessness is draining. How much worse is it for the afflicted?

  4. one of many sad and debilitating diseases….My heartfelt thoughts go out to these people…..x

  5. Hang in there Billy love you will always be the you you were and are today, even if you don,t think so.xxxxxx

  6. Billy, we love you so much and hope something can be done for you. Sending my love and best wishes

  7. Husband was diagnosed six months ago although we knew something was wrong for the last couple of years but no one knew with what. I have seen him change in the last two months into a different person as the disease progresses. Unfortunately no two people suffer the same which doesn’t help with treatment. He has been trying to get a disability pension for five months as he is unable to work in the only profession he knows(commercial glazier) but the stress from the idiots he has to deal with only makes him worse and the depression stronger. He was one of the most active persons I knew but today he has to be helped to get out of a chair, his speech is slurred and he feels useless.

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