The Chase star on his ‘rollercoaster’ illness: ‘Things will get worse.’


‘Things will get worse,’ says Paul Sinha about his ‘rollercoaster’ illness.

PAUL SINHA is a multi-talented man.

The star, a formidable quizzer, successful comedian, and former general practitioner, is now battling Parkinson’s disease, a progressive brain disease.

Sinha, who is known on ITV’s The Chase as The Sinnerman, said he felt “relief” after learning he had the neurological disease.

Sinha first realized something was wrong when he began to experience pain in his shoulder. Although this isn’t the first “stereotypical” symptom of Parkinson’s disease, Sinha knew something was “horribly wrong” and turned to Google to find out why.

Sinha described his experience with his condition on Channel 5 late last year, saying that the year he received his diagnosis, 2019, had been a “rollercoaster.”

In addition to learning that he has Parkinson’s disease, the star married his partner Oliver and won British Quiz Champion Of The Year.

“Winning the British Quiz Championships and getting married were two of the highlights of my life.”

“I didn’t like being told I had a progressive neurological disease,” the star admitted.

After getting over the initial shock and adjusting to life with Parkinson’s, Sinha admitted that learning the news was also a “relief,” because he can now “own” the condition.

“There was a slight sense of relief that I could get on with my life because I knew something was horribly wrong,” he continued, “and it was more of a relief of’now that I know what it is, I can sort of own it.”

The quizzer went on to say that the diagnosis had instilled in him a new determination to not waste any time.

“Before the diagnosis, I was trudging along; now there’s a sense of urgency to just get things done,” Sinha continued.

“There’s more of a sense of don’t waste your time, don’t do things you don’t like, don’t listen to music you don’t like, there’s more of a sense of urgency.”

Sinha remained humble when praised for his positive outlook on life and the life-long condition he has been plagued with, explaining:

“It’s not a brave act; it’s pragmatism.”

If you have a disease that is progressing, you will live a better life if you approach it in a positive manner.

“Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”


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