ITV This Morning guest Chris Kamara says 'I've stopped feeling sorry' in health update

Chris Kamara on This Morning
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Chris Kamara has given an update on his health during a recent appearance on This Morning.

The 65-year-old broadcaster was diagnosed in early 2022 with apraxia, a condition that affects his mobility and slows down his speech. Speaking to hosts Ben Shephard and Cat Deeley, he confessed that he's stopped feeling sorry for himself.

When Cat asked about his current state, the sport broadcaster replied: "I'm doing great, I've got everything back apart from the speed in my voice. 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 Shephard offered viewers further insight into Chris' condition, explaining that it impacts not only his speech, but also his balance and strength, reports the Mirror. Chris admitted that he finds it difficult to walk down the stairs without holding onto the handrail. He said: "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 sorry for myself, which I did at the beginning but now I'm on the mend.''

Looking at his recently released memoir, Cat Deeley said the personal journey of Chris might resonate with many who feel something is off but are hesitant to voice it. Reflecting on the difficulty of reaching out for help, Chris added: "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.''

In a heartfelt chat with the ITV presenters, Chris expressed his deep appreciation for the public's support during his tough times. He shared his experience of opening up: "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.

"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. ".

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