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Dean Malenko Reveals He's Living With Parkinson’s Disease
Posted By: Ben Jordan Kerin on Mar 25, 2021
WWE legend Dean Malenko aged 60 has revealed he is battling Parkinson’s disease.
The retired wrestler, who is admired the world over for his technical ability revealed he was diagnosis almost two years ago during an appearance on the Talk Is Jericho podcast
"You go through a gamut of emotions when you have it. You’re p***ed off at the world, it’s the why me? ‘Then you get upset when you try to button your shirt and you can’t do that. But I’m on pills and medication that have been really helping as of late. ‘It started out with my left hand trembling, and I went to a couple of different doctors. There is no blood test, no urine test, nothing that actually says you have Parkinson’s."
Malenko was diagnosed after noticing changes in his movement:
"One thing I noticed was, when you’re walking, one arm doesn’t swing, which is usually my left. That’s a big sign of Parkinson’s. When you are clicking your middle finger and thumb together, you are off timing, it was always my left hand, never my right. ‘When you put all these things together, it’s pretty much, yeah, you have Parkinson’s. I was at three different doctors that acknowledged it at the same time. ‘So it’s been a little bit of a difficult ride, the hard part is just trying to live every day."
On his daughter having fun with his condition:
" I compare having Parkinson’s to having a roommate that never leaves. Because every morning you wake up, you have this other person with you,’ he explained. ‘They’re not going to let you get out of bed easy, they’re going to make you shake, it takes over your body. It can be crazy at times but I am getting used to it. I try to just laugh things off. ‘If I’m shaking, my 15-year-old will put her hand on me and she will start shaking, just have fun with it. There’s nothing you can do about it. I’m not going to get rid of it, it’s always going to be there."
On his hopes for the future:
"Hopefully with modern medicine going forward, they can slow this down at one point. If not, I will deal with it whenever"
"When you write, you start to write smaller than you used to, because of the disease affecting your motor skills. Sometimes it is hard to get out of bed in the morning, but I don’t know if that’s Parkinson’s or the business. It’s hard to figure that part out. ‘My big thing is that if you see me and I’m shaking, I’m not cold unless it’s cold outside. I don’t want people second guessing, ‘I don’t want people feeling sorry for myself, it’s just one of those things that I have and it’s just another obstacle in my way."
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