On a day like yesterday 70 years ago, Robin Williams was born. As we all know, the actor’s life ended prematurely when he took his own life by hanging himself on August 11, 2014. This was due to the frustration they felt derived from the disease that had diminished their motor skills. At that time he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. It was a misdiagnosis. That became known after his death. At autopsy they found that he actually had Lewy body dementia.
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What does that mean? That he had a neurodegenerative that, simplifying it a lot, implies having the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease at the same time. This means that patients begin to have memory loss and degeneration of their motor and speech functions. Now let’s think about what a comedian like Robin Williams might have felt having all these symptoms. Frustration and hopelessness.
Your son recently, Zak Williams, went to the podcast The Genius Life (via Comic Book) where he spoke of the frustration that his father felt during his illness and his treatment and the empathy that this whole process generated:
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What I saw was frustration. What he was going through was not entirely consistent with what many Parkinson’s patients experience. So I think it was difficult for him. There was a problem concentrating that frustrated him. There were problems associated with how he felt and also from a neurological perspective, he was not feeling well. He was very uncomfortable. Those meds are no joke. They are very harsh on the body and mind. I couldn’t help but feel something beyond empathy. I couldn’t help but feel frustrated with him. It can be something that isolates you even when you are with your family and loved ones … It was a … I don’t mean it was a short period of time. It felt much longer than it actually was, because it was a period of intense searching and frustration for him.
In addition to that appearance, the actor’s son uploaded a message to Twitter in honor of what would have been his 70th birthday:
Today you would have turned 70. I miss you, especially today. I love you always and forever.
Today would be 70. Missing you especially much today. Love you always evermore. pic.twitter.com/Evc7uW48eS
– Zak Williams (@zakwilliams) July 21, 2021
In truth the situation that the Williams it is terrible beyond what words can express. Definitely neurological degeneration is not any kind of joke and even less the effects it can have on mental health.
For this reason, his daughter Zelda Williams shared on her death anniversary last year about her father and the importance of seeking help when you have mental health problems:
As always, I won’t be here. It’s hard for me on good, regular days to remain the person who is expected to graciously accept the world’s need to share its memories of him and express condolences for the loss. As I said in the past, while I am constantly moved by all of his continued love for him, some days it can seem a bit like being seen as a roadside memorial, a place, not a person, where people pass by and leave their feelings. and then continue with his days consoled because his love for him was observed. But sometimes, that leaves me emotionally buried under a pile of memories of others, instead of my own. After all, even roses weigh a ton. Tomorrow, it is simply too much. If you find yourself in crisis and are looking to read this page in hopes of being close to him in some way, please use any of the following resources if you need them. Whoever needs to hear it, use it as a signal in the desert. Do it. Seek help. Keep fighting.
♥ ️ pic.twitter.com/4GBrfUyKZg
– Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) August 10, 2020
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