Chris Kamara issues health update as he admits 'there's always someone worse off'

Chris Kamara on This Morning
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Chris Kamara, the popular broadcaster, has shared an update on his health during an appearance on This Morning. The 65-year-old was diagnosed with apraxia in early 2022, a condition that impacts his mobility and slows down his speech.

In conversation with hosts Ben Shephard and Cat Deeley, he admitted that he's stopped feeling sorry for himself. When Cat asked about his current state, the sports star responded: "I'm doing great, I've got everything back apart from the speed in my voice.", reports the Mirror.

"I've got the fluency, the brain when you want to talk, it's not interrupted anymore, it's fluent. If you met me before you would think I always talk like this but as he (Ben) knows. "I would speak at 300 miles an hour and not stop to think what I'd said but now I get more time!"

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Ben provided viewers with more information about Chris' condition, explaining that it affects not only his speech, but also his balance and strength.

Chris confessed that he struggles to walk down the stairs without holding onto the handrail.

Cat and Ben discuss the mishap via video link with Lorraine
Ben and Cat chatted to Chris -Credit:No credit

He added: "But, that's alright I'm quite happy with that. I can get by, there's always someone worse off than you. So I'm fine, I'm fine, I'm on the mend. I've stopped feeling for myself, which I did at the beginning but now I'm on the mend."

Delving into his recently released memoir, Cat shared that his personal journey could strike a chord with numerous individuals who sense something's amiss but shy away from expressing it.

She reflected: "You don't want to say it, even to the people that you love the most. Then you realise, actually, I do need some help."

During his conversation with the ITV presenter, Chris voiced his gratitude for the supportive public response to his struggles.

He recounted: "I apologised to my family who were 100 per cent behind me and they knew what was going on. But, inside your own head, you worry, you think you're going to be a burden. You think the worst things in the world.

"Once you get those out of your head the only way you can do that is by talking to people and people reassure you. The reaction I had was amazing, I thank every person out there who seems to get in touch and give support."