Rev. Jesse Jackson announces Parkinson's disease diagnosis - FOX Carolina 21

Rev. Jesse Jackson announces Parkinson's disease diagnosis

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Rev. Jesse Jackson (file/FOX Carolina) Rev. Jesse Jackson (file/FOX Carolina)

On Friday, activist and reverend Jesse Jackson made a grave announcement on social media.

Jackson posted a statement to Twitter that he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, which his father also had.

"Recognition of the effects of this disease on me has been painful, and I have been slow to grasp the gravity of it," he said. "For me, a Parkinson's diagnosis is not a stop sign but rather a signal that I must make lifestyle changes and dedicate myself to physical therapy in hopes of slowing the disease's progression."

Below is Jackson's full statement:

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