Two years after Robin Williams passed away, his wife, Susan Schneider Williams, has shared an incredibly emotional essay about the man she loved, and the disease that took him over. Robin had Diffuse Lewy Body Dimentia (LBD), a little-known brain condition that mimics Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
Not knowing the name of his illness, doctors prescribed Robin with antipsychotic medication while shooting his last movie, Night at the Museum 3 — substances which can actually worsen symptoms of LBD.
Robin had a high sensitivity to medications and sometimes his reactions were unpredictable. This is apparently a common theme in people with LBD. During the filming of the movie, Robin was having trouble remembering even one line for his scenes... This loss of memory and inability to control his anxiety was devastating to him.
Watching Robin Williams perform in Night at the Museum 3, it's hard to believe that this was a man struggling to keep his mind together.
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Susan explained that the disease was so destructive that there was nothing even a man as strong, beloved and smart as Robin could do to stop it.
Robin was losing his mind and he was aware of it. Can you imagine the pain he felt as he experienced himself disintegrating? And not from something he would ever know the name of, or understand? Neither he, nor anyone could stop it — no amount of intelligence or love could hold it back.
The essay (readable in full if you want to learn more about LBD and aren't already crying too much) ends on a hopeful note, typical of the compassionate soul it concerns:
It is my belief that when healing comes out of Robin's experience, he will not have battled and died in vain.
RIP, Robin. It's Time For Your Next Adventure
What is your most fond memory of the late Robin Williams?