Davina McCall has posted a rare picture of her dad as she shared a heartbreaking and poignant message with fans about his Alzheimer’s fight as she marked World Alzheimer’s Day.
The 53-year-old TV host, and former Big Brother presenter, took to social media to speak about Andrew’s health as well as update fans on his progress.
She has shared signs that she noticed which led her to suspect Andrew’s Alzheimer’s disease before his diagnosis.
She posted a photo of her parents and penned the sweetest caption that read: “This is my Mum and Dad… Dad (Andrew… total legend) has Alzheimer’s. My mum has cared for him so brilliantly. He is now in a wonderful home, where they take amazing care of him.
“It’s been hard on my mum but she was at breaking point. He is ok, but it is f*cking heartbreaking this illness.
“The worst thing is the loss of dignity… there are great inroads being made into new treatments… I heard of great hope of a new one in Australia very recently. [Two thirds] of Alzheimer’s patients are women… taking HRT is known to reduce your risk of getting it.”
She then continued: “If you know anyone with Alzheimer’s, @alzheimerssoc are so helpful, my heart goes out to anyone supporting a loved one with Alzheimer’s or anyone that’s lost someone to this cruel illness .
“And a heartfelt thank u to my my mum x you are the best Gabba. love u.”
A flurry of comments were posted in the comments sections, where fans praised Davina for opening up while wishing her mum and dad well.
One penned: “You mum and dad sound amazing. Sending love and positivity to you all.”
Another said: “Oh Davina! It’s such a horrible disease, thinking of your fam xx.”
While a third penned: “Sending love to you . Devastating illness . So heartbreaking.”
She then took to Twitter where she wrote: “Today is #WorldAlzheimersDay . Progress is happening all around the world , in the search for treatment. My Dad, Andrew has Alzheimer’s. It’s so heartbreaking . [Two thirds] of Alzheimers patients are women. Taking HRT reduces your risk of getting it. Please support @alzheimerssoc.”
In November, Davina took to Instagram to wish her father Andrew a happy 76th birthday.
Captioning an image of Andrew, she wrote: “Happy birthday Daddy!!!!
“Sorry I can’t be with you… but thank you for giving the Best Hugs! You always picked up the pieces of my world when it was falling apart.
“You have taught me so much… Alzheimer’s is a very cruel illness, but your soul is still shining through… love you so,” She said that she was proud of her accomplishments.
“And thank you mumma for taking such beautiful care of him and auntie Becca too. Love you both x.”
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