By Ron Howells •
Published: 02 Oct 2021 • 11:11
Neil Diamond 'unable to accept' Parkinson's disease diagnosis. image: Twitter
Neil Diamond has said he is ‘unable to accept’ his Parkinson’s disease diagnosis.
Legendary singing icon Neil Diamond says he’s ‘in denial’ over the effects of his Parkinson’s diagnosis and is unable to accept he has the disease. According to a report from The Mirror, the Sweet Caroline hit singer said he is unable to deal with the emotional impact of Parkinson’s disease, which is affecting his speech and movement- the disease is currently incurable.
Shocking his loyal fans, the singer, 80, made the announcement that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease on his 50th Year Anniversary World Tour saying that while he was doing “pretty well” there are some things he couldn’t deal with.
The condition, which currently has no cure, is a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement.
Speaking recently to the media about the emotional impact of the disease he said: “I don’t deal with it. I think I’m in denial or something.” Neil continued: “It does have its challenges, but I’m feeling good and I feel very positive about it.”
Two days before his 77th birthday in January 2018, Neil Diamond announced his retirement from touring and shows scheduled for Australia and New Zealand that year were cancelled. Diamond said in a statement that he was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. The singer-songwriter said he intended to continue making music.
“I plan to remain active in writing, recording and other projects for a long time to come, My thanks go out to my loyal and devoted audiences around the world. You will always have my appreciation for your support and encouragement. This ride has been ‘so good, so good, so good’ thanks to you,” he said.
Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative neurological disorder that affects more than 7 million people worldwide and, after Alzheimer’s disease, it is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder. The Spanish Society of Neurology (SEN) estimates that more than 150,000 currently suffer from Parkinson’s in this country, and while it is traditionally thought of an ailment of older people, the age-range is getting younger every year.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
Neil, I am a fan of yours and I think we need for you to CONTINUE to perform. Do not accept the diag of parkinsons. Rebel against all who say you have a disease. Renew your body. Get in touch with Dr. Morse from Port Charlotte Fl or whoever you trust. Delve into the TRUE research. You are too young to hang it up. The world needs more of you!
Neil, please just sit down and perform 5 or less songs in a concert for mankind. It would be the chance of a lifetime for us to experience your amazing gift from God. No one in the entire universe, past or present, can compare with you. I pray you will sit down, sing 5 of your greatest songs, and let the entire world hear you on television. Please do this for humanity, Neil.
Neil, you are not giving up that’s great. I have the disease too. It was very hard for me. to accept at first. But I work with it now. If i shake to much I just find somethinng else be useful with to do until they , you know that now. That helps me. If you want to talk with someone who has the disease just write me back. Ralph
Neil, I am sorry to hear that. You are talking to someone that aquired to. I did not like it either. Now I live with it find diffferent useful things and sometimes and put the shakes, etc. to good use. If you want to talk just write me. Ralph
Hi Neil, sorry to hear that news. Myself and my wife have been a fan of yours for over 30years. We have seen every concert you had in the New York, New Jersey area. We always remember the Christmas show at Madison Square Garden as one of your best concerts. Lets hope you will perform again
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