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For decades, two men were charismatic figures on the world stage, full of vitality and admired by millions.

In their twilight years, both Pope John Paul II and Muhammad Ali had the same debilitating illness (Parkinson’s disease) that left them visibly weak, but they remained public figures, offering witness to a different kind of strength and a different kind of victory.


My mentor, Bob Williams, had stage IV Parkinson's disease the whole time i knew him. When Alzheimer's struck he slowly faded away. He was not a "fighter," but the whole time he was a hero.
I have a pal who is a retired Methodist minister who has the same disease. She's indomitable.