Neil Diamond Details How His Disease Has Impacted His Worldview

In a recent interview with CBS, legendary singer-songwriter Neil Diamond opened up about his personal journey following his diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease in 2018. Diamond shared how the disease has not only affected his day-to-day life but also transformed his worldview and reshaped his relationships with himself and others.

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects movement and can cause tremors, stiffness, and difficulty with balance and coordination. Diamond was diagnosed with the disease in 2018, leading to the cancellation of the remainder of his 50th-anniversary tour. Since then, he has been grappling with the reality of living with Parkinson’s.

In the interview, Diamond admitted that he initially struggled to accept his diagnosis. For the first year or two, he was in denial and couldn’t come to terms with his condition. However, over time, he has learned to embrace the hand he’s been dealt. He described a newfound sense of calm that has entered his life, likening it to the quiet of a recording studio. This tranquility has allowed him to be more at ease with himself and gentler with others.

Diamond also discussed his experience watching ‘A Beautiful Noise,’ a Broadway musical based on his life. While he was initially scared and even embarrassed to see his story unfold on stage, he eventually found it flattering. He went on to express how the experience made him realize that he is not just some big star, but rather, a regular person like everyone else.

The singer’s words on his disease:

“I don’t like it but this is me. This is what I have to accept. And I’m willing to do it. Okay, so this is the hand that God’s given me, and I have to make the best of it, and so I am. But somehow, a calm has moved [into] the hurricane of my life, and things have gotten very quiet, as quiet as this recording studio. And I like it. I find that I like myself better. I’m easier on people. I’m easier on myself. And the beat goes on, and it will go on long after I’m gone.”

His comments on ‘A Beautiful Noise’:

“It was all pretty hard. I was a little embarrassed. I was flattered. Being found out is the scariest thing you can hope, because we all have a façade. And the truth be known to all of them. I’m not some big star. I’m just me.”

In the face of his Parkinson’s diagnosis, Diamond has come to appreciate the value of self-acceptance and authenticity. The disease has forced him to confront his vulnerability and embrace the truth of who he is beneath the façade. Ultimately, Diamond’s story is a testament to the power of resilience and the human spirit. His willingness to adapt and find peace amid the storm is an inspiring reminder that the beat does indeed go on long after we’re gone.