Janet Reno served as US attorney general with Parkinson's disease
The first woman to be the U.S. attorney general, Janet Reno, was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1995. She was 55 years old, and this was just two years after she was nominated to take the position in the cabinet. In a press conference, she said about her diagnosis, "Well, my hand was shaking this summer and I thought it would go away. I thought it was maybe you all picking on me. But it didn't go away, and so I went and had it checked out." Reno used medication to control her symptoms, but her Parkinson's advanced. She passed away in November 2016.
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