Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy on dealing with Parkinson’s: “You do what you need to do to attack this disease.”.

Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy with A&M signee Isiah Jasey at the 2016 Marshall County Hoop Fest. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Q. After your victory over North Carolina, Roy Williams talked about the respect he has for you and dealing with Parkinson’s. I wonder what it requires of you on a daily basis, and how it’s changed you?
TEXAS A&M COACH BILLY KENNEDY: Well, every year in the spring and in the summer I look for different opportunities to learn new things and was blessed to experience a new procedure in the spring and in the summer that has helped me get through this process, and every year I’ve gotten better because of the new medicines and the new procedures and different things someone with my disease would go through.

I’ve been blessed to have great support, nutrition, exercise. And I’m fortunate that my symptoms aren’t as glaring as maybe some other people who have the disease. So I’ve just been blessed to have resources and accessibility in my position to have some advantages maybe some other people didn’t have. I’m very thankful.

Q. What is the new procedure, and what are your symptoms?
BILLY KENNEDY: Well, my symptoms are just like anybody that has Parkinson’s, I get stiff. Fortunately massage therapy and acupuncture — I do a little bit of everything. When you get in this situation, you do what you need to do to attack thIs disease. But fortunately, like I said, my symptoms aren’t as glaring as other people’s. I’ve been blessed from that standpoint.

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