Wendy Williams Discloses Diagnosis of Frontotemporal Dementia and Aphasia
Wendy Williams Discloses Diagnosis of Frontotemporal Dementia and Aphasia

In a recent announcement, Wendy Williams’ team confirmed that the former beloved host of “The Wendy Williams Show” has been diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Aphasia, a condition affecting language and communication skills, is coupled with FTD, a disorder impacting behavior and cognitive functions. This revelation echoes actor Bruce Willis’ disclosure last year of his own diagnosis of the same form of dementia.

Williams rose to prominence as the charismatic host of her eponymous show from 2008 to 2021. However, her tenure was marked by health challenges, including her public battle with Graves’ Disease and lymphedema. Amid ongoing medical issues, Williams eventually stepped down from her hosting duties, and her show concluded its run in June 2022 after interim hosts filled in for her.

The press release addressing Williams’ diagnosis acknowledged the speculation surrounding her cognitive abilities over the years, particularly as she exhibited difficulties with language, occasional erratic behavior, and challenges comprehending financial matters.

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Wendy Williams diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia

Navigating Wendy Williams’ Health Journey: Understanding Frontotemporal Dementia and Aphasia

The decision to disclose Williams’ health struggles was made deliberately, to foster understanding and compassion for her situation while also raising awareness about aphasia and frontotemporal dementia. The release emphasized the stigma often faced by individuals grappling with these conditions, especially when behavioral changes manifest before a formal diagnosis is obtained.

The news of Williams’ frontotemporal dementia diagnosis coincides with the premiere of a two-part documentary, “Where Is Wendy Williams?,” airing on Lifetime. Produced by Williams herself, the documentary offers an intimate portrayal of her life, including her battles with Graves’ Disease. Contrary to the depiction in the documentary, Williams’ sister, Wanda Finnie, reassured that she is currently in a much improved emotional state, albeit unable to be reached directly.

As Finnie shared with People magazine, Williams is now in a healing environment, emotionally rejuvenating and reaching out to her loved ones as she navigates this challenging chapter of her life. The documentary, offering viewers a candid glimpse into Williams’ journey, airs on February 24th and 25th on Lifetime.

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