Bruce Willis has announced his retirement from acting due to aphasia, a language disorder caused by impairment to the portion of the brain responsible for both speech production and understanding.
While the last six months have been trying for the family, his wife Emma has taken excellent care of him.
However, the disease’s diagnosis has brought the family closer together.
Willis apparently does not leave his house and spends the majority of his time alone in his head.
The surprising news that Bruce Willis, the man we all know and love, is struggling to be the badass he once was shocked the globe. The beloved actor, who has appeared in films such as Die Hard, Pulp Fiction, and The Sixth Sense, finished filming his final role at age 67.
“To Bruce’s incredible supporters, as a family, we wanted to convey that our darling Bruce has been facing some health concerns and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is affecting his cognitive ability. As a result of this, and after careful consideration, Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him,” the family said in an Instagram message.
“This is a very difficult moment for our family, and we are grateful for your continuous love, compassion, and support,” the statement said. “We are moving through this as a strong family unit, and wanted to include his fans in because we know how much he means to you, as you do to him. ‘Live it up,’ as Bruce often says, and that is exactly what we intend to do. “With affection, Emma, Demi, Rumer, Scout, Tallulah, Mabel, and Evelyn.”
Bruce announced his retirement from the acting business only a week after his last movie.
Baltimore’s Fox, Dr. Duane Campbell, Chief of Neurology and Director of the Stroke Center at MedStar Health, describes aphasia as a “stuck” experience.
“It’s very frustrating because people feel confined. “I mean, the ability to express yourself and communicate is so important to one’s quality of life,” he remarked.
“Imagine all of your family surrounding you, and you can feel what’s upsetting you – you know, what’s going on – and they’re speaking to you and you can’t understand what they’re saying to you. It’s incredibly aggravating. It’s really alienating because it’s as if you’re speaking your own language and no one else understands you. That is extremely disabling.”
Bruce Willis’s wife Emma and their children are currently caring for him. But she is met with obstacles at every turn. Emma told The Bump that taking care of her family and the property had taken a toll on her health.
“I recently heard that when you over-care for someone, you end up under-caring for yourself. That stopped me in my tracks and truly spoke to me,” Emma said.
Bruce Willis spends time with family and friends on what may be his final Christmas.
“We’re FAMILY!!” Getting into the Christmas mood!” Demi Moore posted on Instagram.
Willis and his family (current wife, ex-wife Demi Moore, and their five daughters) took a vacation in preparation for the holidays.
The severity of primary progressive aphasia worsens over time. Over time, many patients with PPA lose their language skills, decreasing their ability to communicate. Most persons with the illness live for up to 12 years after being diagnosed. Many people eventually require daily assistance with their typical tasks.
Unfortunately, there is currently no known treatment for this condition.
Let us hope Bruce Willis lives to see many more Christmases!
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