L’ancien acteur de ‘Alerte à Malibu’, Mike Newman, parle de sa bataille de 16 ans contre la maladie de Parkinson.
Baywatch alum Mike Newman opens up about his Parkinson’s disease diagnosis
Former Baywatch actor Mike Newman, best known for his role as lifeguard Mike “Newmie” Newman on the ’90s syndicated series, is sharing his long-term health journey. In 2006, Newman was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a condition that has significantly impacted his life.
Newman, now 66, reveals in an interview with People that his diagnosis has led to major changes in his plans and aspirations. Dreams of spending time with his children and grandchildren, taking memorable pictures, and enjoying various activities together have all come to a halt.
The journey towards diagnosis
The journey towards his Parkinson’s diagnosis began when Newman noticed a slight trembling in his movements and a decline in his running and swimming speeds. Concerned, he sought medical attention and was prescribed Azilect, an MAO-B inhibitor that helps alleviate Parkinson’s symptoms. This confirmation of his condition has altered the course of his life.
Initially, Newman had planned to retire to Hawaii with his wife, Sarah. He had even built a house with an Olympic-sized pool there. However, following his diagnosis, their plans changed, and they have spent the last 16 years in Los Angeles.
The challenging nature of Parkinson’s
Parkinson’s disease is often described as a “sinister” illness due to its slow progression. Newman explains that the symptoms gradually worsen over time, making it challenging for individuals to notice the changes. He emphasizes that Parkinson’s does not wait for anyone and continues to progress.
Despite the difficulties, Newman has maintained an active lifestyle and believes that physical activity is crucial in managing Parkinson’s. He swims, kayaks, or runs every day, highlighting the importance of his athletic background in coping with the condition. He acknowledges that his athletic ability has given him an advantage compared to others who may not be as physically fit.
Sharing his story and raising awareness
Newman is now sharing his Parkinson’s journey with the public. He recently spoke with People about his experience and will also be featured in an upcoming four-part docuseries called Baywatch: The American Dream. However, his participation in the series came with a condition – the documentary team must collaborate with the Michael J. Fox Foundation and Cedars-Sinai to raise funds for Parkinson’s research. Newman hopes that by sharing his story and supporting research efforts, he can contribute to helping others in the future.
Through his openness and advocacy, Newman is shedding light on the challenges of living with Parkinson’s disease while inspiring others to persevere and seek support.
Source : www.tvinsider.com