In an update on Bruce Willis’s health battle, his wife, Emma Heming Willis, and the rest of his family are sharing some incite.
According to a statement Emma released on February 16, Bruce’s condition has devastatingly progressed. “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 sharing Bruce’s original diagnosis,” Emma began her statement.
Bruce Willis Receives Heartbreaking New Diagnosis His Family Revealed in New Statement
“In the spirit of that, we wanted to give you an update about our beloved husband, father, and friend since we now have a deeper understanding of what he is experiencing.” As Mamas Uncut previously updated, Bruce and his family first revealed he was diagnosed with aphasia in 2022.
As a result of the diagnosis and its symptoms, Bruce made the difficult decision to step away from acting. Now, as Emma explained in her statement, Bruce has received a new diagnosis.
“Since we announced Bruce’s diagnosis of aphasia in spring 2022, Bruce’s condition has progressed and we now have a more specific diagnosis: frontotemporal dementia (known as FTD). Unfortunately, challenges with communication are just one symptom of the disease Bruce faces. While this is painful, it is a relief to finally have a clear diagnosis.”
As the statement continued, the Willis and Moore family described FTD as “a cruel disease that many of us have never heard of and can strike anyone. For people under 60, FTD is the most common form of dementia, and because getting the diagnosis can take years, FTD is likely much more prevalent than we know.”
“Today, there are no treatments for the disease, a reality that we hope can change in the years ahead. As Bruce’s condition advances, we hope that any media attention can be focused on shining a light on this disease that needs far more awareness and research.”
And that’s exactly what Bruce would do with his own voice if he could. “Bruce always believed in using his voice in the world to help others and to raise awareness about important issues both publicly and privately. 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.”
Truly devastating. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bruce and his family as they continue to navigate through this heartbreaking diagnosis.