Donald has Parkinson's disease and decided to go public with a letter: 'I want to beat him, but evil won't give in and give up'

Donald has Parkinson’s disease and decided to go public with a letter: ‘I want to beat him, but evil won’t give in and give up’

Donald Clifton McCluskey decided to tell his audience he has Parkinson’s in a moving letter

The smile of Donald McCluskey, better known as Donald, seems drawn on his face. And that joy was transferred to his lifestyle and his songs. However, that doesn’t mean everything is wonderful and you don’t have any problems. In fact, the singer “The Waves and the Wind”suffered for many years from a serious incurable neurological disease but, true to his personality, he kept it in the private sphere and outside, everything was fine.

Now, through a long and moving letter he posted on his Facebook account, the 75-year-old singer explained that his situation “has gotten worse”, so he has decided to tell it openly to all his audience. “I have rampant Parkinson’s disease, folks, and when I start shaking, I have a hard time stopping”says the artist.

“I fight it day by day, even using alternative therapies that provide relief. I want to defeat it, but I find that despite my resistance, the evil does not give in and does not give up. Thanks to God, to the Virgin, to Jesus and to science, there is a medicine that calms, calms, soothes, reduces and even makes the tremors (completely) disappear (provided that certain conditions are respected), “he said. he explains.

He went on to explain that despite the delicate situation he is going through there are times when he manages to have some calm in the midst of the storm. “To sit peacefully, happily, play guitar and sing, either on a stool on a stage or in an armchair at home, in kind and friendly environments (free from stress, anger, sadness and/or of anguish), causes me great joy. The tremors have completely disappeared.” he pointed.

I have galloping Parkinson's, folks, and when I start shaking I have a hard time stopping,' the artist said

I have galloping Parkinson’s, folks, and when I start shaking I have a hard time stopping,’ the artist said

“The pale appears when I get up or start to move. There, the tensions are exacerbated and are transferred to the whole body. To move from one place to another, I must do so by clinging to what I find at hand, and with extreme slowness I take one small step after another, until I gets to where I wanted to go without setbacks and without falling, although seriously considering the danger of this move, due to the possibility of getting dizzy, falling and hurting myself with the blow”, detailed the artist who rose to popularity in the 60s and 70s with songs like “Sucundum, succundum”, “Rakatakatá” and “Chequendengue, checkendengue”.

In the letter, he assures that to improve his condition he takes a medicine that helps him, but this happens when he remains immobile. However, he said there are times when the “low dopamine in his neurological system” is still there and worse, his physical aggression seems to escalate. “It’s not just the tremor, folks, it’s the ugly thing about Parkinson’s disease. In addition to this visible and undisguised annoying symptom in my left thumb, other notorious and very uncomfortable signs appear, such as stiffness and sluggishness,” he described.

Due to illness, Donald has “painful contractures in the back, especially in the dorsal vertebrae”, that he even has trouble turning over in bed when he gets tangled in the sheets. Another situation he suffers from on a daily basis is when he has to fasten the buttons or tie the shoelaces, for which he explained that he wears them loose. “But here I am, my friends. And I’m still alive and active, thank God. Or that he was a visionary (like my old man was),” he recounted.

Donald with his wife Veronica (Photo: Facebook)

Donald with his wife Veronica (Photo: Facebook)

A week before the pandemic, McCluskey had met an arts impresario when they were eager to tour the country. At that time, Parkinson’s disease had not yet manifested itself visibly and he wished to be able to sing in public. “The pandemic has arrived, the isolation, the sedentary lifestyle, the unexpected sadness that the death of my younger sister Patricia engendered in me, which triggered the manifestation of what I carry within me, since who knows when”He continued.

In another section of the letter, he argued that He made this decision to tell his situation after the stories of Esteban Bullrich and Javier Lombardo. “Without a doubt, it is the courageous statements of each of them regarding their battle with the neurological disease that each of them has been blessed with. And by dint of sharing with you what I have to live with on a daily basis, the load has become lighter, less heavy,” he said.

“Sandro sang until the last of his days, and I wholeheartedly applaud his courageous and generous gesture. I know, friends, that as long as I have a small voice to sing, and flexibility in my fingers to play the guitar, I will continue in the arena and nothing and no one can prevent it or avoid it. , at least that’s what I intend to do,” he said, hopeful about the possibility of returning to the stage in the immediate future.

“There is worse than Parkinson’s disease in this world”, and compared it to hatred and war. And finally, he thanked his family for supporting him at this critical time. “In my case, I’m not going to allow that goddamn Parkinson to steal my soul.” Of course not! You can play with my body, but not with my spirit and my life, which is only in the hands of the blessed God. Thank you God and my Lord for your love and for every minute of life you give me in this world with Vero, my family, my friends and all my loved ones!” he concluded.

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