Many people were shocked by the news that came out on Thursday that actor and comedian 63-year-old Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson’s when he took his own life on Monday.

A Northeast Ohio doctor says many people with Parkinson’s disease suffer from depression and anxiety. He also says work is being done locally to find treatments for the disease.

“I need a cure. I’m too young to have this disease,” said Karen Jaffe.

Dr. Jaffe of Cleveland Heights was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2007 at the age of 46. The disease affects a person’s body movements such as walking and can cause tremors. After her diagnosis, she retired from her career as an OB-GYN at University Hospitals.

“I had kept it secret for several years before I disclosed it,” said Jaffe.

Karen says she was stunned to learn about Williams.

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