Supriya Kumar “Paul” Sinha is most famous for being one of the six Chasers on ITV’s The Chase. Sinha believes his diagnosis “can be the beginning of a journey, not the end.” Meanwhile, however, his co-stars are expressing concern for his health. What is Paul Sinha’s illness?
Paul Sinha’s Parkinson’s diagnosis in 2019
On 14 June 2019, in a blog post titled “Diagnosed”, Sinha revealed to his followers that he had recently received a diagnosis for Parkinson’s disease.
The news came on 30 May that year, two weeks before Sinha published his blog post.
Sinha described the diagnosis as “a devastating denouement to a medical odyssey that began in September 2017”. In 2017, Paul discovered he had Type 2 diabetes and as a result, transformed his life and lost two stone.
In the blogpost, Sinha explained why the diagnosis did not shock him. He had already spent weeks “worrying about why a right-sided limp was now getting worse.”
He was already “deeply scared about facing the truth.”
The Chase co-stars are concerned for his health
Paul Sinha joined the ITV quiz series The Chase as the fourth “Chaser” in 2011. His nicknames include “The Sinnerman”, “The Smiling Assassin” and “Sarcasm in a Suit”.
In his blogpost, Sinha wrote that he “fully intend[ed] to keep Chasing”. He also intends to “keep writing and performing comedy, keep quizzing and keep being hopeless at Tasks”.
However, fellow Chasers are reportedly “concerned” about Sinha.
Quoted in the Mirror, Chaser Anne Hegerty said: “We are concerned about Paul’s health, for example, and making sure everyone is okay.”
Twitter reacts to Paul Sinha’s illness?
Following the recent media flurry, Twitter users have come forward with words of support for Paul Sinha. One recalled their father’s diagnosis, saying, “having someone on TV with the same condition is really empowering for him.”
Another described their father’s reaction when he found out Sinha had the disease. They wrote: “He was physically and mentally lifted at the thought of someone with the same disease as him on tv doing good things.”
Paul Sinha himself has written about his life with Parkinson’s disease on Twitter. In particular, he has expressed his frustrations at journalists for writing clickbait without adequate research.
“Just once”, Sinha wrote, “I’d like a journalist… [to] show some interest in my belief that Parkinson’s can be the beginning of a journey, not the end.”
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