Actor Alan Alda, best known for fans for his role of Hawkeye Pierce on "M*A*S*H" and in TV shows such as "The Blacklist" and "The Good Fight", has opened up about his battle with Parkinson's disease.
The 82-year-old actor said he was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disorder three and a half years ago but he decided to speak out after his symptoms became more noticeable.
"I've had a full life since. I've acted, I've given talks... It hasn't stopped my life at all. I've had a richer life than I've had up until now," he said during an appearance on CBS on Tuesday Morning.
The actor said he did not have any symptoms but decided to get a scan because he had been acting out his dreams.
"I was having a dream that someone was attacking me and I threw a sack of potatoes at him but what I was really doing was throwing a pillow at my wife," he said.
Alda said he took the diagnosis as a challenge rather than feel angry about it.
"I enjoy solving puzzles, it's really fun. I'm not angry. It's a challenge. You've got to cross the street, there are cars coming. How do you cross the street?? You find a way to do it."
"Find out what real science is coming up with that helps. It helps to keep moving. It helps to move rhythmically."