Billy Connolly Has Battled Parkinson’s Disease For 10 Years

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August 20, 2014 | 11:14am EST

Scottish actor/comedian Billy Connolly has been battling Parkinson’s disease for the last decade, according to his wife.
The Mrs. Brown star was diagnosed with the degenerative disorder last year around the same time doctors told him he was battling cancer.
Connolly, who has since beaten prostate cancer, is said to be suffering very mild symptoms, and his wife, Pamela Stephenson, has now revealed doctors think the star has had the condition for 10 years, but was unaware because of its slow progression.
She tells Britain’s BBC Radio 5 Live, “His Parkinson’s is so mild he will never really have the kind of symptoms that many people associate with Parkinson’s, as far as we know… What has happened is, he has probably had it for 10 years so it’s very slowly progressing, thank God. There are different strains of Parkinson’s that I am learning about. One is never sure about the course but he’s doing incredibly well, there’s no problem with his memory or anything like that. He doesn’t need Parkinson’s medication, it’s too mild for that.”