Mike Tindall was commended for speaking about his father’s Parkinson’s battle at BBC Breakfast.
The former rugby star, married to the Queen’s granddaughter, Zara Tindall, appeared on the morning show today (October 13).
Mike’s father Philip was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2003.
Mike Tindall appears on BBC Breakfast
Alongside Sally Nugent, the father of three shared the importance of speaking and finding new research for the disease.
He said, “There’s a real place where you can build a database that anyone can easily find to use, and people can share their stories and share their symptoms.
“Of course, doctors and neurologists differ in their advice so you almost have to read the stories to find out what works for you and what suits you better.
I see what my mom and dad are going through
“A resource that people who have been newly diagnosed or who are walking the path and are just on a plateau can go and try to tap and improve their skills a little on their own.”
The video clip also showed Mike talking to people with the condition.
After speaking to a man, he said, “I connect with David because I see what my mother and father are going through.
The father of former England rugby union captain Mike Tindall has lived with Parkinson’s since 2003.
– BBC Breakfast (@BBCBreakfast) October 13, 2021
“It’s a very similar age when they were diagnosed, a very similar history, slower symptoms.”
How did the audience react?
Viewers felt emotional about the clip as they rushed to Twitter to share their thoughts.
One said, “So moving and informative. It’s great to see BBC Breakfast bringing us these all-important deep dive stories instead of constantly rolling news. “
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Another added: “Fantastic that you showed that. Let’s hope this function creates more awareness, the endgame must be to cure this disease. Thank you for showing this in the hope that the momentum will pick up to make this a priority. “
A third wrote, “Excellent to see Mike and Sally talk about this disease. My sister was diagnosed a few years ago and it’s nice that more attention is being paid. Thanks very much.”
Mike talks about his father’s Parkinson’s
It’s not the first time Mike has spoken about his father now.
In April, the former rugby star announced the devastating effects of Parkinson’s on his father.
On World Parkinson’s Day, he said, “I would say he’s had a really tough five years, maybe even longer.
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“It’s our 10th wedding anniversary and this year… with Parkinson’s disease, his spine is obviously crooked in his back, and then there were problems with his intervertebral discs, and then he had to have a wheelchair at the wedding. He could run a few parts of it. “
He also credited his mother, saying, “She is a very stoic northern lady who refuses to give up on her husband.”
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