throughout his legendary career, Robin Williams He was respected both as a comedian genius and as a skilled dramatic actor. He will be remembered forever for his amazing performances Society of Dead Poets, Ms. double fire, The Birdcage, Good Will Hunting, and many other films. Sadly, in 2014, Williams committed suicide at the age of 63, struggling with a deteriorating mental health and a complex of physical symptoms. The actor’s sudden death shocked Hollywood fans, but left behind a grieving wife. Susan Schneider Williamsand three children from Williams’ previous marriage.
Two years after his death, Schneider Williams wrote a heartfelt letter to scientists working to improve research on neurological diseases. He said that he hid something from Williams during his illness. Continue reading to find out which heartbreaking symptom Williams left alone.
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In the fall of 2013, Williams began to experience a “fiery storm of symptoms,” Schneider Williams recalls. At the time, they seemed unrelated and “had constipation, difficulty urinating, heartburn, insomnia and insomnia, poor sense of smell and a lot of stress. His left arm was shaking a little and coming and going,” he wrote.
Over time, the star also began to notice noticeable changes in her mental health, showing periodic “bumps” on anxiety, delusions, paranoia, insomnia, and fear. In May of that year, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, but his family later learned that it was a misdiagnosis.
“Before the coroner’s conclusion, three months after his death, I would have known he had diffuse LBD. [Lewy body dementia] He accepted, ”Schneider Williams explained. – All four doctors I met later and examined his records showed that he had one of the worst pathologies they had seen.
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According to Schneider Williams, at the end of each day, the couple shared their joys and sorrows. “We will discuss our joys and victories, our fears and anxieties,” he explained in the letter. This meant that as time went on and as the actor’s symptoms worsened, they would spend hours discussing how they had affected him.
But Schneider Williams believes she has something to hold on to for months before her husband commits suicide: she sees herself as a special sign that she can’t share.
“During Robin’s fight, he experienced almost all of the 40-plus symptoms of LBD, except one. He never said he had hallucinations,” he wrote. “A year after he left, when I spoke to one of the doctors who examined his records, it became clear that he had hallucinations, but he kept it a secret.”
Only after her death did Schneider realize that Williams could be her husband was were suffered from hallucinations. In the letter, he shared a heartbreaking recollection that the actor, trained by Juliard, had alleviated his symptoms for his family.
“While we were in the neurologist’s office … Robin took the opportunity to ask a few questions. He said, ‘Do I have Alzheimer’s?’ Do you have dementia? Am I suffering from schizophrenia? “I can see now that he has retained the depth of his symptoms,” wrote Schneider Williams.
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He said the lack of clear answers was painful, but doubted that Williams’ widow had been diagnosed and saved the actor’s life. “Even if the knowledge of his name is somewhat comforting and despairing of temporary relief with drugs, the terrorist will still kill him,” he wrote. “There was no cure and Robin was assured of a steep and rapid descent. He seemed to be drowning with his symptoms, and I was drowning with him.”
Schneider Williams now serves on the American Brain Foundation’s Board of Directors and is working to raise awareness about the neurological condition that took her husband’s life. Concluding the letter, he openly called on them to continue their important work: “This is where you come to the story. I hope that sharing our experience will inspire you to turn Robin’s suffering into your work and meaning. Wisdom,” he wrote. “I believe that when Robin recovered from his experience, he did not fight for nothing and will not die.
“Sometimes I’m sure progress seems too slow. Don’t give up. Believe that a cascade of cures and discoveries in all areas of the brain is imminent, and you will contribute to that,” wrote Schneider Williams. “If Robin had met you, he would have loved you.”
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