Paul Sinha reveals Parkinson's disease diagnosis

Friday 14th June 2019, 12:40pm

  • Paul Sinha has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease
  • He has revealed the news in a blog post, saying "It has been a really, really tough two weeks"
  • Paul says he fully intends to keep writing, performing comedy, quizzing and starring in The Chase
Paul Sinha.

Paul Sinha has revealed that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

The stand-up comedian and doctor shared the news in a blog post on his website.

He told fans: "On the evening of Thursday May 30th, an experienced consultant neurologist calmly informed me that I had Parkinson's disease. It was a devastating denouement to a medical odyssey that began in September 2017 with a sudden-onset, frozen right shoulder, and took in an unexpected diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes, a lifestyle transformation that enabled me to lose two stone, and a shoulder operation in January this year.

"Nonetheless my reaction was not one of shock. I spent May this year in New Zealand simultaneously having the comedy month of my life, and worrying about why a right-sided limp was now getting worse. Behind the facade of the cheerful, late night comedy festival drunk was a man deeply scared about facing the truth when back in the UK."

Continuing, he explains: "It has been a really, really tough two weeks. Cancelling my run at the Edinburgh Fringe, missing the World Quizzing Championships to have brain scans, performing club sets whilst emotionally bewildered, and of course working my way through my loved ones, delivering the bad news. With the diagnosis now confirmed, and a treatment plan in place, I now feel far more prepared for the new challenges ahead.

"I have an amazing family, no strangers to serious medical illness, I'm blessed to have a fiancé who is there for me, and I have a multitude of friends and colleagues whom I consider to be exceptional human beings. I don't consider myself unlucky, and whatever the next stage of my life holds for me, many others have it far worse."

Sinha stars in the latest series of Taskmaster, which is currently airing on Dave. Outside of comedy, he is best known to TV viewers as 'The Sinnerman' on hit quiz show The Chase. He has also been recording the Radio 4 series Paul Sinha's General Knowledge, although a recording date in May was cancelled.

Referencing The Chase and Taskmaster, he concludes his blog by saying: "In the time since my Parkinson's started I have been ludicrously busy, and fully intend to keep Chasing, keep writing and performing comedy, keep quizzing and keep being hopeless at Tasks. Dancing On Ice is, I suspect, out of the question.

"A lot of people have asked 'What can I do to help?' The answer is to treat me exactly the same as before."

Steve Ford, Chief Executive of Parkinson's UK, said in response to Sinha's public statement: "Paul Sinha bravely speaking about his Parkinson's diagnosis, and the journey he has been on to get to this point, will do so much to raise awareness of this much misunderstood condition.

"With more than 40 symptoms, Parkinson's undoubtedly throws up new challenges, but with the right treatment and support we can help people to take control of their lives with this unpredictable condition.

"Paul's determination to live well with Parkinson's is mirrored by an incredibly passionate Parkinson's community, determined both to find new and better treatments but also to not let Parkinson's hold them back. We wish Paul all the best with his future projects."

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