Talking to the Sunday Times Magazine, the host said that he only knew something was wrong when he “went down, straight on my face, it was a real mess – black eyes, cuts and blood everywhere.”
Before this, any time he fell over or hurt himself he would blame his dog Derek for getting under his feet.
However, after a trip to his GP, the presenter was given his devastating diagnosis. He admitted: “The doctor said, ‘You’ve got Parkinson’s.’ It had never occurred to me. I thought, ‘Parkinson’s what?'”
After receiving the news and recognising his mild symptoms more and more, Paxman found the news harder to take. He said: “It’s very hard to know you’re not going to get better.”
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