Neil Diamond Opens Up About Coming To Terms With Parkinson's Diagnosis

During a recent interview with “CBS Sunday Morning,” Neil Diamond spoke about how he came to terms with his Parkinson’s disease diagnosis.

Diamond, who was diagnosed with the progressive neurological condition in 2018, canceled a scheduled tour and announced that he will not tour again.

In the interview, Diamond told Anthony Mason that he’d been in denial for a couple of years.

“I’m still doing it. I don’t like it,” Diamond said. “But… this is me; this is what I have to accept. And I’m willing to do it. And, okay, so this is the hand that God’s given me, and I have to make the best of it, and so I am.”

Asked when he’d come to accept the situation, Diamond said it’s “just been in the last few weeks.”

“But somehow, a calm has moved [into] the hurricane of my life, and things have gotten very quiet… And I like it. I find that I like myself better. I’m easier on people. I’m easier on myself. And the beat goes on, and it will go on long after I’m gone,” he added.

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