Paul Sinha has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, the comedian and much-loved quizzer has announced.
Revealing that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s on May 30 of this year, Paul outlined the symptoms that led to his diagnosis.
“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,” he wrote.
“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.
“It has been a really, really tough two weeks.”
Paul, who is also taking part in the current series of Taskmaster, reassured fans that a treatment plan is in place and that he feels “prepared for the new challenges ahead”, which he will face alongside his ‘amazing family, fiancé, friends, and colleagues’.
“I don’t consider myself unlucky, and whatever the next stage of my life holds for me, many others have it far worse. 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.”
In a hopeful sign-off, Paul added: “A lot of people have asked, ‘What can I do to help?’ The answer is to treat me exactly the same as before.”