Chris Kamara feels he has let ‘family down’ by not getting health condition checked sooner

Charismatic footie pundit Chris Kamara has shed further light on his battle with apraxia of speech which he went public with back in March. The neurological disorder makes it hard to speak and makes saying the right sounds and words very difficult. 

In an exclusive new interview with The Sun, Kamara said putting off seeing his doctor might have had devastating consequences.

The 64-year-old said: “The doctor said if I’d gone in those first two or three months and had my thyroid checked then I might have been OK.

“But because I left it, everything happening in the body — the balance, the muscle weakening — came from the fact I didn’t tell anybody.

“I feel I’ve let my wife and family down by being a dinosaur and not getting checked out.”

Kamara dives deeper into his health journey in a new ITV documentary, Chris Kamara: Lost for Words.

The poignant film follows his life with apraxia of speech, spanning from his initial denials through to his diagnosis and to the disciplined way he manages his therapy, including using an oxygen chamber.

He hopes it will provide crucial awareness about the devastating condition.

The condition is rare, which makes it hard to navigate due to poor resources and understanding.

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