The Chase star Paul Sinha has revealed he worries about how his Parkinson's is going to affect his brain.
The comedian-turned-celebrity quizzer appeared on Loose Women today (Thursday, September 3) to discuss his ongoing battle with the disease, and was asked whether he ever gets anxious about it potentially encroaching on his game show abilities in the future.
"How could I not worry? The brain is my job, and not just with the stand up," Sinha, 50, told panellist Gloria Hunniford, who touched on the fact that one of her family members' shares his diagnosis. "Of course, I want my brain to be as good as possible.
"What pleases me is that my brain has, thus far, been operating at full whack," he continued. "Yes, I'm tired from time to time but as anyone who's quizzed with me in the last six months will tell you, I am answering questions very, very rapidly indeed."
Later, Hunniford's co-star Judi Love wondered whether Sinha had any advice for people who are struggling to have those conversations about their diagnoses and what it might mean in their own lives.
"In many ways, you don't [have them]. Now the reason I say this is, I refuse to live in the future, I only want to live in the present and enjoy the present," he explained. "Because I don't know what my future is. I don't know the timescale, I don't know when I'm going to start deteriorating.
"I do know when I stop answering questions at speed, The Chase won't fire me, I'll say, 'Look, it's been a lovely journey. You've treated my very, very well and see you later. But right now, I'm on fire when it comes to general knowledge.'
"I won't let the disease dictate to me what I do with my life."
The Chase airs weekdays at 5pm on ITV.
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