Beloved "M.A.S.H." actor Alan Alda needs our prayers after he announced a devastating diagnosis on Tuesday. The 82-year-old actor revealed on Tuesday that he has Parkinson's disease, reported ABC.
Alda is the Emmy award-winning actor who starred in the long-running series "M.A.S.H." as well-loved combat doctor Hawkeye Pierce. In an interview with "CBS This Morning," he shared that he was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2015.
"I was diagnosed three-and-a-half years ago and I've had a full life since then," the 82-year-old Alda said. "I've acted, I've given talks, I help at the Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook, I've started this new podcast."
So far, Alda says that he hasn't had any of the symptoms of the debilitating neurological disease. The only thing he's noticed is "my thumb twitch."
Parkinson's disease is a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement, explains the Mayo Clinic. Symptoms come on gradually as a barely noticeable tremor in one hand. There may also be stiffness or slowing of movement. It also causes loss of expression and slurred speech early on.
However, Alada isn't depressed about his diagnosis. He revealed his diagnosis because he realized that someone would see his thumb twitch and realize his diagnosis.
"I thought it's probably only a matter of time before somebody does a story about this from a sad ... point of view, which is not where I am," Alda said.
Please continue for continued good spirits for Alda, as well as continued good health for as long as possible. In other news, the FDA has recalled a popular heart medication because it may cause cancer. The recall has worsened as more details were revealed and it widened to include more brands.