An Interview with Patricia Richardson
Patricia Richardson, star of stage, screen and
television, is best known for co-starring with Tim Allen for eight
seasons on the ABC TV show Home Improvement as Jill Taylor. Since her
father’s diagnosis, Patricia, a mother of three, has been a strong
caregiver advocate for people living with progressive supranuclear
palsy (PSP). She also serves as the national spokesperson for CurePSP.
Gary Barg: I appreciate you
talking about your dad. I think when we talk about our families,
and especially people in the public eye like yourself, it really makes
a difference and brings people out who may be going through this. It
is really a great service that you do. Could you tell us what
Patricia Richardson: Progressive
supranuclear palsy (PSP) is a neurodegenerative brain disease that has
no known cause, treatment or cure. It affects nerve cells that control
walking, balance, mobility, vision, speech and swallowing. We used to
say movement disorder, but we have decided now to refer to it as a
disease. That’s what it is and when you say a movement disorder,
it does not sound as serious and deadly as it in fact is. It is
a fatal disease. It is a fatal brain disease...read more
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