After receiving an aphasia diagnosis, Bruce Willis’ family stated that he would retire from performing. Now, they claim that his “condition has progressed.” The family of the 67-year-old actor announced in a statement published on Thursday that Willis has been given a more precise diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia.
“Although this is distressing, it is a comfort to finally have a precise diagnosis.” “FTD is a horrible illness that may affect anyone and that many of us have never heard of.”
Willis’ family claimed in March of last year that his aphasia had hampered his cognitive functioning. The illness results in a lack of verbal comprehension and expression. His family stated on Thursday that speaking difficulties were only one sign of frontotemporal dementia.
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The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration defines FTD as a set of brain illnesses that affect behavior, language, and movement and are brought on by degeneration of the frontal and/or temporal lobes of the brain. It may manifest as aphasia. According to the organization, frontotemporal degeneration has an average life expectancy of seven to thirteen years from the onset of symptoms and is described as “an unavoidable deterioration in functionality.”
My heart goes out to Bruce Willis and his family, & also my gratitude for shining a much needed light on this disease. When people step forward it helps all of us. When people get a diagnosis it’s extremely difficult, but also for most a relief to get a diagnosis. pic.twitter.com/macAukMe7U
— Maria Shriver (@mariashriver) February 16, 2023
The family’s statement stated that “today there are no cures for the disease, a reality that we hope can change in the years ahead,” adding that it can take years to receive an accurate diagnosis.
“We hope that any media attention can be focused on raising a light on this disease that needs much more awareness and study as Bruce’s condition worsens,” the statement reads.
Willis’ wife, Emma Heming Willis, his ex-wife, Demi Moore, and his five children, Rumer, Scout, Tallulah, Mabel, and Evelyn, all signed the declaration, which was published on the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration’s website. During the course of a four-decade career, Willis’ films brought in more than $5 billion at international box offices. The prolific actor, who is well-known for films like “Die Hard” and “The Sixth Sense,” has recently starred mainly in direct-to-video thrillers.
The family stated on Thursday that Bruce “has always found joy in life—and has helped everyone he knows to do the same.” “To see that sense of caring returned to him and to all of us has meant the world. The love you have all shown for our loving husband, father, and friend during this trying time has deeply touched us. We’ll be able to assist Bruce in leading the most fulfilling life possible with your continuing compassion, understanding, and respect.
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