TV presenter Fiona Phillips has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
Phillips confirmed the heartbreaking news in an interview with The Mirror.
She revealed that both of her parents were also diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
“This disease has ravaged my family and now it has come for me.
“And all over the country there are people of all different ages whose lives are being affected by it – it’s heartbreaking,” she said.
Fiona continued, “I just hope I can help find a cure which might make things better for others in the future.”
She admitted she was stunned when she was diagnosed because she is so young.
Fiona visited her doctor after experiencing brain fog and anxiety. Her doctor then confirmed she was showing early symptoms of the disease.
“It’s something I might have thought I’d get at 80,” she explained.
“But I was still only 61 years old. I felt more angry than anything else because this disease has already impacted my life in so many ways.”
Fiona continued, “My poor mum was crippled with it, then my dad, my grandparents, my uncle. It just keeps coming back for us.”
The journalist, best known for hosting GMTV Today, is taking part in trials for a “revolutionary new drug”.