Neil Diamond, the renowned vocalist behind the hit “Sweet Caroline,” recently opened up about his battle with Parkinson’s disease.
In a poignant moment of reflection, the singer-songwriter shared his ongoing struggle with the disease. “I’m still doing it. And I don’t like it,” Neil acknowledged. “OK, so this is the hand that God’s given me, and I have to make the best of it, and so I am.”
Neil Diamond On Dealing With Parkinson
Neil Diamond‘s acceptance of his Parkinson’s diagnosis has been a journey. The 82-year-old recently opened up about living with the progressive neurodegenerative disorder, revealing that denial had consumed him for the first two years following his diagnosis.
He confessed, “I’m still doing it. And I don’t like it.” Nonetheless, he acknowledged that acceptance is essential, and he’s willing to make the best of the hand he’s been dealt. “This is me,” he said. “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. I am.”
After several years of struggling to come to terms with his diagnosis, Diamond finally found peace of mind in the past few weeks. As a result, he’s grown to like himself more, showing kindness to both himself and others.
More About Neil Diamond And His Early Life
Diamond was born into a Jewish household in Brooklyn, New York. His paternal grandparents came from Poland, while his maternal grandparents came from Russia; all four of his grandparents were immigrants.
Neil Diamond, the celebrated American singer, and songwriter have etched his name in music history as one of the most commercially successful artists ever to grace the stage. With over 130 million records sold worldwide, Diamond’s music has touched the hearts of millions.
His musical prowess is evident in the fact that 38 of his tracks have made it to the top 10 of the Billboard charts, including timeless classics such as Yesterday’s Songs, Desiree, Song Sung Blue, You Don’t Bring Me, Flowers, I’ve been this way before, Heartlight, Longfellow Serenade, If you know what I mean, and Sweet Caroline.
But Diamond’s talent isn’t limited to music alone. He has also graced the silver screen, appearing in films such as ‘The Jazz Singer’. Diamond’s contributions to the world of music have earned him numerous accolades, including the coveted Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the esteemed Kennedy Center Honors.