Lysette Anthony, who was fired from Hollyoaks channel 4, appears on Loose Women to discuss her secret life with a Parkinson’s diagnosis for years
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Former Hollyoaks star Lysette Anthony detailed her secret battle with Parkinson’s disease over the past six years while appearing on ITV’s Loose Women.
The 58-year-old, who was fired from the Channel 4 soap in the middle of a race, has revealed about the first symptoms she noticed, including shaking when she was trying to light a cigarette.
After keeping her diagnosis secret, the actress appeared on Loose Women on Tuesday alongside panelists Charlene White, Carol McGiffin, Linda Robson and Coleen Nolan to discuss the illness.
Lysette said she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s the same week she got the role in Hollyoaks.
The former soap star became extremely emotional on the set of ITV as she detailed her request to her 11-year-old son Jimmy not to tell anyone about her diagnosis, amid fears she could lose her job .
But after being fired from the soap and seeing her character Marnie Nightingale killed off, she realized it was time to open up.
One’s mother’s voice turned hoarse as she said, “I remember when we moved to Hollyoaks, the hardest thing – and I feel so bad about it – was telling him, find someone who you can certainly talk, but you can’t confide in anyone because I’m going to lose my job.
“Being a single parent and becoming an actor, it was impossible. How do you want to work?
“When I gave birth to Jimmy, they wrote it into the story and then like, can you hurry up? That’s the trade-off.”
Lysette said that when she started noticing symptoms, she heard comedian Sir Billy Connolly tell about her life with the condition on Desert Island Discs and she realized “that’s what I have”.
Lysette said the only person on set who knew about her diagnosis was Greg Finnegan, who plays her son.
Lysette first opened up about her diagnosis earlier this year, telling OK!: “I’m deciding, well, being brave and speaking out now because there’s no cure and I need to be a part of it. of the cure, but also because my symptoms have gotten worse.”
She said: “I’ve made my peace in so many ways, in terms of what I now call my add-on Parky. If I do too much, it basically paralyzes me, or my hand won’t work.
“On Christmas, I really thought I was going to die when things were really bad, it was terrible.”
Lysette described something called “freezing” that she said she couldn’t move before being “smoke and sound rushing in your ears”. She explained how she would then fall to the ground and that it happened to her one day on the set of Hollyoaks, but she managed to move on and “didn’t miss a single scene.” “.
With tears in her eyes, she said: “No one deserves to be humiliated and feel the fear that they are going to lose and not be able to care for their child.”
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