CHICAGO—Civil rights chief Rev. Jesse Jackson introduced Friday that he has been identified with Parkinson’s illness.

Jackson made the announcement in a letter to supporters that he had been identified with the neurodegenerative dysfunction, which additionally troubled his father.

“After a battery of tests, my physicians identified the issue as Parkinson’s disease, a disease that bested my father,” Jackson writes.

“Recognition of the effects of this disease on me has been painful, and I have been slow to grasp the gravity of it. 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,” Jackson added.

Jackson was identified with the illness in 2015, in keeping with an announcement from Northwestern Medicine offered by an badist to Jackson.

“Now in the latter years of my life, at 76 years old, I find it increasingly difficult to perform routine tasks, and getting around is more of a challenge. My family and I began to notice changes about three years ago,” Jackson added. “For a while, I resisted interrupting my work to visit a doctor. But as my daily physical struggles intensified I could no longer ignore the symptoms, so I acquiesced.”

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