Bruce Willis’ wife, Emma Heming Willis, recently gave an update on her husband’s condition as he fights frontotemporal dementia (FTD). She spoke about how the family’s life has changed after his diagnosis on the Monday morning edition of “Today” as part of World Frontotemporal Dementia Awareness Week.
Emma highlighted the difficulties in coping with dementia and its effects on both the diagnosed person and their family. In her words, FTD is a “family disease.”
Emma acknowledged that it was difficult to say for sure whether Bruce was aware of his disease because FTD affects speech, motor abilities, conduct, and personality. Self-insight is governed by the frontal lobe, which FTD affects, which may help to explain why the illness is difficult to comprehend.
According to Emma, who describes herself as her husband’s “care-partner,” their family is still very happy despite the diagnosis. She highlighted that Bruce would want them to find joy despite the difficulties, therefore it is crucial to concentrate on life’s bright parts and the support of loved ones.
Bruce Willis announced his retirement from acting last year owing to health problems, one of which was later discovered to be aphasia, which impairs cognitive function.
Exclusive: In honor of World Frontotemporal Dementia Awareness week, Bruce Willis’ wife Emma Heming Willis speaks to @hodakotb about the condition in her first interview since his diagnosis.
“It was the blessing and the curse,” Emma said of receiving Bruce’s diagnosis. pic.twitter.com/VY5yhVjZIf
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) September 25, 2023
For additional details about their experience with FTD, you can watch the complete interview down below.