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Democratic Congresswoman Reveals Terminal Diagnosis

Jennifer Wexton, a Democrat representing Virginia in the House of Representatives, reportedly revealed on Tuesday that she has been given a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.

Wexton has served as a representative for this district since her initial election in 2018, which took place in a suburban area that President Joe Biden had previously carried by 18 points. In the midterm elections of 2022, she prevailed over Hung Cao, a Navy veteran, by a margin of six points.

“If there’s one thing Democrats and Republicans can agree on, it’s that Parkinson’s disease sucks. Today on World Parkinson’s Day, I’m here to tell you that I have come to learn this firsthand, and that’s because I’ve learned that I, too, have Parkinson’s or what some people call PD for short,” Wexton said in the video.

“Before I say anything else, let me share this: I’m doing well. I’ve got a positive attitude, and I’ve got the strong support of so many family, friends, and loved ones.” she continued.

She disclosed that she and her physician are collaborating on her treatment, and that she is continuing to work as she usually would.

She also stated that she has every intention of continuing to serve her people “for many years to come.”

The primary symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are the involuntary tremors and rigidity it induces.

Patients over the age of 60 account for more than 90 percent of all instances of the disease, which is caused by dying or degenerating nerve cells that are unable to produce dopamine.

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