Legendary actor Bruce Willis had been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) last month. The retired actor stepped out in Santa Monica on Thursday. FTD symptoms often arise in younger patients between the ages of 40 and 65, according to the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
During the filming sessions in which the actor was present, people present could already sense that something was not right. He had difficulty in holding conversations, coupled with not being able to connect words correctly. Bruce Willis’ wife also opened up about her husband’s prognosis.
She has shared an important update that may help others.
“Yesterday I read that Wave Life Sciences ended their clinical trial that could potentially treat frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Where I’m not sure it could have helped us over here, it doesn’t really matter, it still feels like a gut punch,” the model, 44, wrote in the caption alongside sweet snaps of her daughters whom she shares with Bruce.
It was noted that one picture captured the couple’s 9-year-old daughter Evelyn playing with a golden retriever as she sat on a swing. The next image captured Emma walking with her 11-year-old daughter Mabel as they wrapped each other’s arms around one another.
She also included a snap that captured Evelyn sitting on Bruce’s lap as they pet the golden retriever pooch, along with another image of a white rose that read “Remember to never lose hope” over the snap.
“But I always have to look at the silver linings—they are trying. So I want to say thank you to Wave Life Sciences also to Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation and AFTD who played an active role through the Treat FTD Fund program,” Emma continued in the caption.
She added: “Please keep that momentum going, build on the learnings/findings, and don’t give up on this loving community. Our family will continue to keep the faith and never lose hope.”