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NY Post
24 Feb 2024

NextImg:Wendy Williams thanks fans but asks for "personal space" following dementia diagnosis

Wendy Williams has commented on her recent diagnosis of primary progressive aphasia and frontotemporal dementia and the outpouring of support she has received from fans.

Speaking to People on Friday, The Wendy Williams Show host says she has “immense gratitude” for the love that her fans have shown and thanked them for their “overwhelming support.”

“I want to say I have immense gratitude for the love and kind words I have received after sharing my diagnosis of Aphasia and Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD),” said Williams. “Let me say, wow! Your response has been overwhelming. The messages shared with me have touched me, reminding me of the power of unity and the need for compassion.”

While Williams is beyond thankful, she asked for “personal space and peace” during this time.

When Williams was first diagnosed with the syndrome last year, her team said that it “already presented significant hurdles” in her life but she was still able to “do many things for herself” and “maintains her trademark sense of humor.”

“I hope that others with FTD may benefit from my story. I want to also thank the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration for their kind words of support and their extraordinary efforts to raise awareness of FTD,” Williams added. “I continue to need personal space and peace to thrive. Please just know that your positivity and encouragement are deeply appreciated.”

Lifetime will air its documentary Where Is Wendy Williams? today (Saturday, February 24) as planned, despite a last-minute lawsuit from Williams’ court-appointed guardian to try to block its release.

Although there is no known cure for FTD, which is the same condition that Bruce Willis was diagnosed with last year, there are treatments available to manage symptoms and improve quality of life.

Williams’ family had allegedly lost contact with her after her guardian admitted her to a care facility to deal with “cognitive issues.”