Democratic Virginia Rep. Jennifer Wexton has publicly announced her recent diagnosis with Parkinson's Disease in a video message released on Tuesday. Despite the challenges that come with the disease, she remains determined to continue serving in Congress and being an active member of her community.
In the video, Wexton admits that Parkinson's Disease "sucks" but promises to push forward as both a working mom and a dedicated public servant. The congresswoman also acknowledges that her condition may cause some "bad days" ahead, yet she maintains confidence in her ability to fulfill her duties.
Parkinson's Disease is known to affect movement and speech over time, which Wexton has already experienced firsthand. She revealed in the video how it impacts her speech by causing her mouth movements to be more rapid than usual. Additionally, she mentioned experiencing issues with balance and walking due to the disease.
Despite these personal struggles, Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) seeks unity between political parties on this issue, stating: "If there is one thing Democrats and Republicans can agree on; it’s that Parkinson’s Disease sucks." Her announcement coincides with World Parkinson's Day – a day meant for raising awareness about this neurodegenerative disorder affecting millions worldwide.
Wexton received support from fellow politicians following her disclosure. One such example comes from Representative Elaine Luria (D-VA), who tweeted: “My friend & colleague @RepWexton showed immense courage today sharing news of being diagnosed w/ #Parkinsons…We stand together as colleagues & friends ready 2 support you during your journey.”
Although battling against Parkinson’s will undoubtedly present obstacles for Rep. Jennifer Wexton moving forward, she remains steadfast in continuing service within Congress while simultaneously advocating for greater understanding surrounding this debilitating disease.