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The Chase's Paul Sinha Reveals He Has Parkinson's Disease

The Chase's Paul Sinha Reveals He Has Parkinson's Disease

Paul Sinha from The Chase has revealed he has Parkinson's disease.

The 49-year-old - who recently got engaged - shared the news in a tweet, which linked to a blog post that went into more detail about his diagnosis.

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In the blog post, Sinha explained he was diagnosed with the disease at the end of last month - saying the news was initially 'devastating', but now feels 'far more prepared' for the challenges that await him.

He also said he plans to carry on 'Chasing' and performing comedy.

"On the evening of Thursday May 30th, an experienced consultant neurologist calmly informed me that I had Parkinson's disease," Sinha wrote.

Paul Sinha is well-known for appearing on The Chase. Credit: ITV
Paul Sinha is well-known for appearing on The Chase. Credit: ITV

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"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.

"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. Cancelling my run at the Edinburgh Fringe, missing the World Quizzing Championships to have brain scans, performing club sets whilst emotionally bewildered, and of course working my way through my loved ones, delivering the bad news.

Sinha says he plans to continue performing comedy. Credit: PA
Sinha says he plans to continue performing comedy. Credit: PA

"With the diagnosis now confirmed, and a treatment plan in place, I now feel far more prepared for the new challenges ahead. I have an amazing family, no strangers to serious medical illness, I'm blessed to have a fiance who is there for me, and I have a multitude of friends and colleagues whom I consider to be exceptional human beings. 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.

"A lot of people have asked 'What can I do to help?' The answer is to treat me exactly the same as before."

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Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]