In a blog post today, Paul Sinha, 49, explained he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at the end of last month following a series health issues.
Paul shared the link of his blog to his Twitter, which was retweeted by his The Chase co-star, Mark Labbett, better known as The Beast.
“I have Parkinson’s disease. I will fight this with every breath I have,” Paul wrote.
Also showing their support was quizzer, Jenny Ryan, known as The Siren, who sent Paul a message on Twitter.
She retweeted Paul’s blog post and said: ”Love you loads, brother x.”
In Paul’s lengthy statement, he wrote: “On the evening of Thursday May 30th, an experienced consultant neurologist calmly informed me that I had Parkinson’s disease.
“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.”
The Chaser said his reaction wasn’t “one of shock” as he explained how he had been forced to cancel appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe and the World Quizzing Championships due to medical appointments.
He said he had spent last month in New Zealand “simultaneously having the comedy month of my life, and worrying about why a right-sided limp was now getting worse”.
In the candid post, he told fans it has been “tough”, he said: “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.”
Paul said he had a treatment plan in place and now feels “far more prepared for the new challenges ahead”.
He went on to praise his family, including his fiancé, friends and colleagues.
“I don’t consider myself unlucky,” he wrote. “And whatever the next stage of my life holds for me, many others have it far worse.”
He told fans he “fully intends” to keep working on The Chase, writing and performing comedy.
“Dancing On Ice is, I suspect, out of the question,” he quipped lightheartedly.
“A lot of people have asked, ‘What can I do to help?’ The answer is to treat me exactly the same as before,” he concluded.
Paul was inundated with fans and celebrities commenting on his Twitter post with comedian Chris Ramsey writing: “Give it a kicking mate xxx.”
David Baddiel said: “Sorry to hear this Paul. Give it hell.”
While Jenny Eclair addeD: “Bugger – this is tough – sending love.”
The Chase airs weekdays on ITV at 5pm.
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