Former Wales rugby captain, Ryan Jones, aged 41, said he had dementia praecox in an interview with The Times on Saturday.
Ryan Jones, former Welsh captain, named to The Times to have dementia praecox. Retired, the former third center line is 41 years old.
The diagnosis was given to him in December by doctors who told him that this early illness was probably linked to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a neurodegenerative disease caused by repeated shocks to the head.
“I feel like my world is falling apart. And I’m really scared, named Ryan Jones (75 caps, including 33 as captain). I lived fifteen years of my life as a superhero, but I’m not one. I don’t know what the future holds for me. I am the product of an environment where everything revolves around being functional and efficient. I am no longer able to perform as I expected.”
“I feel like my world is collapsing. And I’m really scared”
Diagnosed with early dementia aged 41 after a stellar career, former Wales captain Ryan Jones talks about his fears for his future @DavidWalshST https://t.co/eX5x1rRRnQ
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The specialists consulted even admitted to him that he was among the worst cases they had seen, the newspaper said.
“All I want is to lead a happy and normal life. But it’s been taken away from me and there’s nothing I can do. I can’t train harder, I can’t try to trick the referee, I don’t know the rules of this game, ”successed the player who was first thought to be depressed.
He commented that despite photos of him with his children at Pen y Fan, the highest peak in Wales, he has no recollection of taking them there.
“Whether it was my partner or my family, they noticed changes in me,” he explains. I was accelerated into depression but I began to realize that some of my intellectual functions were bad,” such as short-term memory loss, difficulty finding words or mood swings.
The neurologist who follows him was not very optimistic when he explained to him that his functions would probably continue to decline at the same rate as over the past five years.
If he did not speak of joining the complaint of several former rugby players against the sports authorities for their action deemed impossible on the question of concussions, Jones is very critical of the current situation.