Fiona Phillips has shared a heart-wrenching health update after revealing she has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
The 62-year-old TV presenter is currently undergoing treatment with a drug called miridesap, with hopes that it could potentially slow down or even reverse the progression of the illness.
In an interview with The Mirror, Fiona opened up about her struggles with short-term memory loss, recounting moments where she would forget what she was saying mid-conversation. She lamented, “Oh, it’s awful, but I keep having these moments where I think, ‘What’s the word?’ It doesn’t happen all the time, just occasionally. And that’s just not me at all. I can normally talk until next Christmas. It is just weird when it happens because I’m thinking, ‘Why has my mouth stopped, and I’m still thinking about the sentence?’ It’s really weird.”
Medical professionals at University College Hospital in London are conducting cognitive tests on Fiona to determine whether the experimental drugs she is taking could be stabilizing or even reversing her symptoms. Neither Fiona nor her doctors are aware of whether she is receiving the actual drug or a placebo as part of the clinical trial.
Fiona expressed immense gratitude for her husband, Martin Frizell, who is the editor of ITV’s This Morning. She described him as ‘amazing.’ The star, who currently feels like she is in a ‘malaise,’ revealed that she has lost all interest in cooking and food, and now Martin has taken on all the cooking responsibilities.