Updated Jul 31, 2018 9:53 AM EDT
Alan Alda has Parkinson's disease. In a performance on "CBS This Morning" Tuesday, the award-winning actor, best known for his relatable portrayal of Army Capt. "Hawkeye" Pierce in the TV series "M * A * S * H" known, he was diagnosed three years and a half ago
"I have since had a full life," he said. "I played, I lectured, I'm helping out at the Alda Center for Communication Science at Stony Brook, I started this new podcast and I've noticed that in recent weeks I've been talking a lot on TV about the new podcast ̵
"I had a dream that someone attacked me and I threw a sack of potatoes at them but what I really did was throw a pillow at my wife," he said.
The 82-year-old has recently released a podcast entitled Clear + Vivid, which examines all types of communication between people. The ability to communicate clearly with people, he says, is the key to a better understanding of everyone. Another reason why Alda spoke out was to send a message of hope to those who may be facing the disease.
"At the very beginning, to be afraid and to think that this is you The worst thing happened – it did not happen to you, you still have things you can do, "said Alda. I take boxing classes three times a week, singles a couple of times a week, and marching to Sousa music because marching to the music is good for Parkinson's. "
Perhaps one of the best-known Parkinson's patients is actorwho made his diagnosis public almost two decades ago.
Despite the prospect of severe, life-altering symptoms Alda says he is "not angry."
"Because it's a challenge, you know, you have to cross the street, there are cars coming, how are you coming across the street, you do not just sit down on the sidewalk and say, well, I'll think I'll never again cross the road, you can find a way to do it, "said Alda. "There are some general symptoms, but usually everyone is different and each day is different from the next one, one day you wake up, you think, oh, it's over, it's gone, the next day it's a little bit worse. You do not know what it's going to be, but the main thing is, there are things you can do and I was – you know how I look at it – it's like a puzzle that needs to be solved, what do I have to adapt to, And I enjoy solving puzzles. "
Through the Alan Alda Center for Science Communication, he teaches actors to scientists and entrepreneurs to help them better connect with their audience.
"It would be ironic if I kept silent about naming a science communication center after me, but I think because I'm kinda known, it could be helpful if people hear the message It There are things you can do, you can learn things, not quackery, but find out what constitutes true science, it helps, it keeps you moving, it helps to move rhythmically, "said Alda.
He hopes, by going public, not only to ease the fear that others might feel, but also to calm himself.
"I will not worry, while I try to say something else, I will not think, my thumb is a life of its own, you know, that's just one of the realities of my life, but I've been in movies ever since It's been three and a half years since I was diagnosed and that has not stopped my life at all. I've had a richer life than I have until now. "
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