The Wife of American actor Bruce Willis, Emma Heming Willis has spoken up about his dementia. Appearing on NBC’s Today Show, she spoke about its ups and downs.
Willis’ family announced in March of last year that he had been diagnosed with aphasia – and later that he had frontotemporal dementia.
Emma talked about her husband’s condition in the wake of World FTD Awareness Week.
“The most important thing was to be able, for us, to say what the disease was, explain what it is, because when you know what the disease is from a medical standpoint it sort of all makes sense,” Heming Willis explained.
“It was important that we let [our daughters] know what it is because I don’t want there to be any stigma or shame attached to their dad’s diagnosis or any form of dementia.”
She also talked about the resilience of her husband.
“Honestly, he is the gift that keeps on giving. Love. Patience. resilience. So much and he’s teaching me and our whole family,” Heming Willis revealed. “For me to be out here doing this, this is not my comfort zone. This is the power of Bruce.”
“It’s just really important for me to look up from the grief and the sadness so I can see what is happening around us. Bruce would really want us to be in the joy of what is,” she added. “He would really want that for me and our family.”