美国民权领袖杰克逊牧师公开帕金森氏症病情

编辑:给力英语新闻 更新:2017年11月18日 作者:美国之音(VOA News)

杰西·杰克逊牧师2016年7月27日在费城举办的民主党全国委员会(DNC)发表讲话
杰西·杰克逊牧师2016年7月27日在费城举办的民主党全国委员会(DNC)发表讲话

美国民权运动领袖杰西·杰克逊牧师(Reverend Jesse Jackson)星期五公开了他患有帕金森氏的消息。帕金森氏症是一个会逐步影响身体行动的神经系统疾病。

现年七十六岁的杰克逊对支持者发布声明说,家人和朋友们大约在三年前注意到了他的改变,他于是开始寻求治疗。

杰克逊牧师写道:“承认这个疾病对我的影响是痛苦的,我也慢慢地感受到它的沈重。”“对我而言,帕金森氏症的诊断并不是一个休止符而是我必须改变我的生活方式以及致力于理疗的信号,希望能减缓疾病的恶化。”

他也说:“我有一段时间不肯中断工作来看医生。但是当我日常肢体活动的困难加剧,我再也无法对这些症状置之不理,所以只好同意了。”

位于美国芝加哥中西部的西北纪念医院也发表了一份声明表示杰克逊牧师于2015年被诊断为患有帕金森氏症,院方也持续给予门诊治疗。

杰克逊牧师说,帕金森氏症也打击了他的父亲诺亚·路易斯·罗宾逊(Noah Lewis Robinson Sr.)。他的父亲1988年去世,享年88岁。

杰克逊牧师在1980年代两度角逐代表民主党竞选总统的机会。他同时也是芝加哥的非营利组织彩虹推进联盟(Rainbow/PUSH Coalition)领导人。该组织追求社会正义以及推进政治与公民权利。数十年以来,杰克逊牧师是平等与人权的强力倡议者,致力于像是投票权以及可负担的住宅等议题。

这位民权运动领袖还说,他正在写回忆录并且“会继续在绝望中灌注希望,让边缘族群也能享受民主,以及让世界各地无辜的囚犯重获自由。”

Rev. Jesse Jackson Diagnosed With Parkinson's Disease

U.S. civil rights leader the Reverend Jesse Jackson disclosed Friday he has Parkinson's disease, a progressive neurological condition that affects body movement.

The 76-year-old Jackson issued a statement to supporters saying family and friends noticed changes in him about three years ago that prompted him to seek medical help.

"Recognition of the effects of this disease on me has been painful, and I have been slow to grasp the gravity of it," Jackson wrote. "For me, a Parkinson's diagnosis is not a stop sign but rather a signal that I must make lifestyle changes and dedicate myself to physical therapy in hopes of slowing the disease's progression."

"For a while, I resisted interrupting my work to visit a doctor. But as my daily physical struggles intensified I could no longer ignore the symptoms, so I acquiesced," he said.

Northwestern Medical in the midwestern city of Chicago issued a statement saying Jackson was diagnosed in 2015 and that it has been administering outpatient treatment.

Jackson said Parkinson's "bested" his father, Noah Lewis Robinson Sr., who died in 1988 at the age of 88.

Jackson, a two-time candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in the 1980s, is the leader of the Chicago-based Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, a non-profit group dedicated to pursuing social justice and political and civil rights. For decades, Jackson has been a forceful advocate for equal and human rights, espousing issues such as voting rights and affordable housing.

The civil rights leader also said he is writing a memoir and "will continue to try to instill hope in the hopeless, expand our democracy to the disenfranchised, and free innocent prisoners around the world."