Rev. Jesse Jackson announces Parkinson's diagnosis

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Civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, he announced Friday. Mobile users click here.

"My family and I began to notice changes about three years ago," Jackson wrote in a statement. "For a while, I resisted interrupting my work to visit a doctor. But as my daily physical struggles intensified I could no longer ignore the symptoms, so I acquiesced." 

Jackson went on to say, "After a battery of tests, my physicians identified the issue as Parkinson's disease, a disease that bested my father."

A neurological disorder with no cure, Parkinson's can cause tremors, stiffness and difficulty balancing, walking and coordinating movement.

Read his full statement below: