BAFTAs: Billy Connolly opens up on Parkinson’s after award win
Billy Connolly has given fans a health update following his Parkinson’s diagnosis back in 2013.
The former comedian retired from live performances five years after being diagnosed and has stayed out of the spotlight.
However, in a recent interview ahead of his upcoming autobiography, Billy spoke to Martha Kearney on BBC Radio 4 about his current condition.
Martha asked Billy how much his life had changed since being diagnosed with Parkinson’s 10 years ago.
He replied: “My life has changed radically since the diagnosis of Parkinson’s, it’d changed a lot recently.
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“I walk with a stick, I’m fed up with it. In the airports, I have to get the wheelchair.”
Billy told Martha that it’s usually a woman who wheels him around the airport as he confessed he hates it.
He added: “I hate being dependent to that degree, it’s not nice.
“I feel sorry for other people who are in wheelchairs, who are worse than me but it’s a thing I just have to put up with.”
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Sharing more about his health, the former comedian revealed his wife puts his clothes on for him in the morning.
He continued: “I’m clumsy and I lose my balance, I’m out of balance a lot and I fall from time to time.
“I fell out of a chair, I don’t remember coming out of the chair, I remember being in it and then I remember lying beside it with my children by my side.”
Billy confessed the fall caused him to break his hip which resulted in him having to get a new one.
“It was hellish and it still is hellish, I limp badly and I’m fed up with it.”
However, the 80-year-old admitted he believes he has a good attitude to the disease.
Parkinson’s is a disease that affects the brain and causes problems like shaking and stiffness.
Billy Connolly’s full interview is available to listen to on BBC Sounds.
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