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‘I don’t want to believe I have an incurable brain disease, but I know I have’ - former RTE presenter Kieron Wood

Little is understood about progressive supranuclear palsy and corticobasal degeneration, but the conditions will eventually leave former RTE Religious Affairs Correspondent Kieron Wood unable to walk and talk. Here, he writes about living with his diagnosis, and the battle to find a cure

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Kieron Wood practising barrister, journalist & former RTE legal affairs correspondent.
21/9/2019
Picture by Fergal Phillips.

Kieron Wood practising barrister, journalist & former RTE legal affairs correspondent. 21/9/2019 Picture by Fergal Phillips.

Kieron Wood practising barrister, journalist & former RTE legal affairs correspondent.
21/9/2019
Picture by Fergal Phillips.

Kieron Wood practising barrister, journalist & former RTE legal affairs correspondent. 21/9/2019 Picture by Fergal Phillips.

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Kieron Wood practising barrister, journalist & former RTE legal affairs correspondent. 21/9/2019 Picture by Fergal Phillips.

Comedian Dudley Moore, actor Bob Hoskins, newspaper columnist Nigel Dempster and singer Peter Sarstedt (Where do you go to, my lovely) died from it. And now I have it. Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), that is.

I’m a man aged 70, so I’m part of the most common target group; many more men than women get PSP, and they tend to be older. There’s no known cure and, as the population ages, it’ll become more common.

My maternal grandfather died in 1968 from what was then thought to be Alzheimer’s disease, though there’s no evidence, so far, that PSP is inherited.


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