Wendy Williams speaks out about dementia diagnosis

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Wendy Williams has spoken out about her recent dementia diagnosis in an exclusive statement (via People).

Williams was diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia and frontotemporal dementia and was met with an outpour of well-wishes. She addressed the "overwhelming" support she has received following the news.

"I want to say I have immense gratitude for the love and kind words I have received after sharing my diagnosis of Aphasia and Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD)," she said.

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"Let me say, wow! Your response has been overwhelming. The messages shared with me have touched me, reminding me of the power of unity and the need for compassion.

"I hope that others with FTD may benefit from my story. I want to also thank the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration for their kind words of support and their extraordinary efforts to raise awareness of FTD," Williams added.

She highlighted her continued need for "personal space and peace to thrive" while reassuring fans that their "positivity and encouragement are deeply appreciated."

The news of the US talk show host's diagnosis was announced by her representatives in order to dispel rumours surrounding the end of The Wendy Williams Show in 2022.

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Williams' diagnosis was received in 2023 and has already "presented significant hurdles in Wendy's life."

Her team shared details of her current condition in a statement, claiming she is "still able to do many things for herself".

"Most importantly she maintains her trademark sense of humour and is receiving the care she requires to make sure she is protected and that her needs are addressed. She is appreciative of the many kind thoughts and good wishes being sent her way," they concluded.

Aphasia is a syndrome of the nervous system, affecting the patient's ability to communicate; the expression of thoughts and even losing their speech and written skills.

FTD is an incurable brain disorder caused by damage to the left side of the brain that causes deterioration of language and communication.

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