Former Pennsylvania Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell announced Monday he was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s disease.
Rendell, 74, has been battling the disease for the past three and a half years and was first diagnosed by physicians at the University of Pennsylvania, reports ABC6. Since the initial diagnosis, the progression of his symptoms have slowed and begun to stabilize.
When the former governor first noticed symptoms, he was urged by family members and friends to consult a doctor. “My hand started shaking a bit and I was having more trouble with my balance than usual,” Rendell explained at a press conference. (RELATED: Clinton Surrogate Says Most American Women Are Ugly)
He has been undergoing treatment, including medicine and physical therapy, at the Sporting Club at the Bellevue in Philadelphia, according to NBC10.
“The key is to get in early,” Rendell said. “I don’t think if I would have waited I would have had as good of results as I’ve had today.”
Rendell has been heavily involved in Democratic politics since the 1970s, when he served as the district attorney in Philadelphia. He was subsequently elected as the city’s mayor in the 1990s serving two consecutive terms, followed by two more terms as the governor of Pennsylvania. He also chaired the Democratic National Committee from 1999 to 2001.
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