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Sir Billy Connolly opens up about life with Parkinson’s disease in new documentary
Author: Sarah McGrathPublished: 30 December 2021
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Scottish comedian, actor and musician Sir Billy Connolly shared updates about his experiences with Parkinson’s disease in a new documentary for UK channel ITV.
The documentary, titled ‘Billy Connolly: My Absolute Pleasure’, featured the comedian discussing moving to his new home in Florida Keys, US, writing his first autobiography ‘Windswept and Interesting’, and how he’s managed living with Parkinson’s.
Opening up about living with the condition, Connolly said in the documentary: “Parkinson’s disease has taken a lot from me. I can’t play the banjo anymore; I can’t smoke cigars. It’s taken more and more of what I like.”
Connolly also said he behaves a certain way so his children “don’t think I’m a dead loss”.
Despite this, Connolly remains upbeat about managing Parkinson’s: “You have to have a Glasgow attitude and say: ‘Oh, you think you’ve got me beat? Try this for size.’ I just deal with it. If I fall, I fall. It’s better to be bright and optimistic and have a laugh. You pass this way but once.”
Image credit: Indigo Television
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