Dem. congresswoman Jennifer Wexton diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease

 April 12, 2023

Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) revealed on Tuesday that she has been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease.

Wexton added that she plans to continue serving in Congress and is currently "doing well."

The statement

“There’s one thing that Democrats and Republicans can agree on. Parkinson’s disease sucks. Today on World Parkinson’s Day, I’m here to tell you that I’ve come to learn this firsthand. And that’s because I’ve learned that I too have Parkinson’s,” she announced.

“Parkinson’s is not an untreatable disease, cognitive impairment, or a death sentence,” she continued.

“You’re welcome to empathize, but don’t feel sorry for me. I’m working with my doctor about a treatment plan that addresses my symptoms and I’ve been feeling good and staying strong,” Wexton added.

The party's support

Virginia's Democrats were quick to offer their support following the congresswoman's announcement.

"Congresswoman @JenniferWexton has been an outstanding leader in Virginia – her courageous disclosure of her Parkinson’s diagnosis serves as a beacon of inspiration for everyone whose life has been touched by this disease," the organization tweeted.

About 90,00 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease each year. Nearly 1 million people nationwide live with the illness, making it the second-most common neurodegenerative disease following Alzheimer's, according to The number is expected to rise to 1.2 million by 2030 based on the number of people diagnosed each year and better treatment that is allowing those with Parkinson's to live longer after diagnosis.

The news also comes following health concerns related to other Democrats, including Pennsylvania Sen. John Fetterman who remains hospitalized with clinical depression following a stroke last year.

The latest news also makes for difficult decisions for the party as they consider the 2024 House elections.

All wish Wexton the best following her diagnosis and offer their support following her brave announcement of her recent health update.

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