Actor Bruce Willis’ condition has worsened and he has now been diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD). His wife, Emma Heming Willis, recently revealed. FTD is a group of brain disorders that affects the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain, causing speech issues, emotional problems, and changes in personality.
In a statement shared on Instagram, Emma said that Bruce’s condition has worsened since the family first revealed his aphasia diagnosis last year. “Since we announced Bruce’s diagnosis of aphasia in spring 2022, Bruce’s condition has progressed and we now have a more specific diagnosis: frontotemporal dementia (known as FTD),” she wrote.
“Unfortunately, challenges with communication are just one symptom of the disease Bruce faces. While this is painful, it is a relief to finally have a clear diagnosis,” she continued.
FTD is the most common form of dementia for people under 60. Symptoms can include loss of motor skills, such as problems walking, swallowing, or muscle spasms, as well as speech problems. These symptoms can get worse over time.
Emma also said that Bruce had been using his voice to help others and to raise awareness about important issues. “We know in our hearts that – if he could today — he would want to respond by bringing global attention and a connectedness with those who are also dealing with this debilitating disease and how it impacts so many individuals and their families,” she wrote.
The Willis family has expressed their gratitude for the outpouring of love and support they have received since sharing Bruce’s diagnosis. “It has meant the world to see that sense of care echoed back to him and to all of us,” Emma said.
The actor’s initial aphasia diagnosis was revealed in March 2022, with the family saying that Bruce was “experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities.” Aphasia is a condition that robs you of the ability to communicate and can affect speaking, writing, and understanding language.
The Willis family has asked for privacy during this difficult time but has also expressed their appreciation for the continued love, compassion, and support. “Your continued compassion, understanding, and respect will enable us to help Bruce live as full a life as possible,” Emma wrote.