Chris Kamara: My voice is my life so it’s hard to diagnose a language disorder

Chris Kamara said his voice is his life, so it’s “hard” to accept his diagnosis of apraxia and talk about it openly.

The TV presenter and former soccer player revealed earlier this year that he is suffering from a speech disorder along with an existing thyroid problem.

The 64-year-old told ITV’s This Morning on Tuesday that he knew “something was wrong” in 2019 but told “no one” and decided to speak with a “biting sound” to conceal the condition mine.

“I was thinking ‘One day I’ll wake up and it’ll all be gone,'” he said.

Kamara said he didn’t see a doctor until 2020 and “maybe” his thyroid problem would have resolved sooner if he had sought medical advice.

Speaking of his dyskinesia, he added: “We take it for granted when we say, it’s natural, but the message from (my) brain is somehow mixed up. and the words come out wrong, or they come out slowly, or they don’t come out at all. out all.

“My voice is my life so it’s hard…accepting. That’s why I kept quiet, I thought there was no way I could tell anyone.”

Kamara, also known as Kammy, initially caused concern in March after appearing to stutter during an appearance on Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday.

He said: “I kept going on shows and all of a sudden, people were tweeting me or asking my friends ‘Is he okay? Is something wrong with him? Is he drunk? He’s stammering, he sounds slow’.

“Ultimately, that’s where my good friend here (host Ben Shephard) helped me get the word out (Good Morning Britain).”

He’ll explore his diagnosis in the documentary, Chris Kamara: Lost For Words, which follows the Ninja Warrior presenter, who has been open about his struggles to accept his diagnosis, as he seeks advice from experts and meets other people with speech disabilities.

Viewers will also be provided with insight into how Kamara manages her ongoing speech therapy in a disciplined manner.


Ben Shephard is friends with Chris Kamara and worked with him on the documentary Lost For Words (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

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Talking about the documentary, Kamara said: “There are some interesting things in it so I hope you will enjoy it.”

Shephard, a friend of Kamara and who worked with him on the documentary, said the presenter had enough money to seek treatment.

“Fortunately, Kammy is in a position where he can do these things too, and the problem is that not everyone going through this has that opportunity, because they either can’t afford it or they don’t. given the chance to go. and try it,” he said.

“That’s the most important thing for me – and we’ve talked about it a lot – for Kammy, right now, the most important part of what he’s doing is trying to help people who don’t have access to it.” voices, people with potential. could benefit from (the program).”

– Chris Kamara: Lost For Words airs on ITV1 and ITVX on Wednesdays at 9pm. Chris Kamara: My voice is my life so it’s hard to diagnose a language disorder

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