On Thursday, Bruce Willis’s wife Emma Heming Willis revealed that her husband has been given a diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia.
Heming Willis, 44, posted a photo of her father, the actor Bruce Willis, 67, to Instagram along with a caption stating that her father’s condition has worsened since the family disclosed his aphasia diagnosis for the first time the previous year.
Emma wrote that her family “wants to start by expressing our deepest gratitude for the incredible outpouring of love, support, and wonderful stories we have all received since sharing Bruce’s original diagnosis.” “Our family wanted to start by expressing our deepest gratitude for the incredible outpouring of love, support, and wonderful stories we have all received since “In light of that, we thought it would be appropriate to provide you with an update regarding our cherished husband, father, and friend because we have gained a greater comprehension of what he is going through,” they wrote.
“Since we announced Bruce’s diagnosis of aphasia in the spring of 2022, Bruce’s condition has progressed, and we now have a more specific diagnosis: frontotemporal dementia (also known as FTD),” she continued. “By the time we announced Bruce’s diagnosis of aphasia, Bruce’s condition had already reached a more advanced stage.” “Unfortunately, difficulties with communication are just one of the many symptoms that Bruce experiences as a result of his illness. Even though it hurts, it’s a relief to finally have a diagnosis that makes sense of everything.”
The term frontotemporal dementia refers to a group of brain disorders that pose a threat to the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain. It is an all-encompassing term for these conditions. This means that parts of these lobes atrophy, and the shrinking of these areas can cause problems with speech, changes in personality, and emotional issues.
Loss of motor skills, such as difficulties walking or swallowing, as well as muscle spasms, are also potential symptoms. The symptoms have a tendency to become more severe over time. Patients will typically start to notice symptoms between the ages of 40 and 65, but it can affect people of any age. It is the type of dementia that affects younger people more frequently than any other.
Emma continued by saying, “Bruce always believed in using his voice in the world to help others, and to raise awareness about important issues both publicly and privately,” she said. “Bruce always believed in using his voice in the world to help others and to raise awareness about important issues.” “We know in our hearts that – if he could today – he would want to respond by bringing global attention and a connectedness with those who are also dealing with this debilitating disease and how it impacts so many individuals and their families,” said one of the family members.
She concluded her remarks by saying that “Bruce has always found joy in life – and has helped everyone he knows to do the same.” “The fact that he and all of us have been shown the same level of concern by others has been extremely meaningful. During this trying time, the love that you all have shared for our cherished husband, father, and friend has moved us to tears on more than one occasion. Because of your unwavering kindness, comprehension, and respect, we will be able to assist Bruce in leading a life that is as complete as is humanly possible.”
In March of 2022, the family of the Die Hard actor Bruce Willis revealed that he had been diagnosed with aphasia. They did so by posting a message on their Instagram feeds alongside a photo of the actor, which read, “To Bruce’s amazing supporters, as a family we wanted to share that our beloved Bruce has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities.”
The caption continued, “As a consequence of this, and after giving it a great deal of thought, Bruce has decided to walk away from the career that has meant so much to him.”