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Amy Huberman shares her pain as Parkinson's 'robs' her dad of time with his grandkids

'The one thing that has kind of affected me the most in the last few years is my dad’s illness'
Amy and her dad Harold

Amy and her dad Harold

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

Actress Amy Huberman has revealed how Parkinson's has “robbed” her beloved father Harold of time with his grandchildren.

Her dad was diagnosed with the condition nine years ago and now he lives in the care of a nursing home.

Mum-of-three Amy told how not being able to see him during lockdown separated her loving family unit.

“The one thing that has kind of affected me the most in the last few years is my dad’s illness and his ill health and again because he has been such a huge – like every parent – a huge part of my life and a real foundation of me as a person,” Amy said.

“He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s probably nine years ago at this stage and he’s had really bad health over the last two years, which has been really sh*t because of Covid. He is in full time care at the moment. I haven’t been able to see him a huge amount, but we can now but that’s been really hard.

“It has separated my family unit. Because it had to. It’s been a real slow drawn-out process where his ill health has robbed him of time at this particular time with his grandkids. So that has been my no laughing matter.

“I’ve had this luxury time with my kids and my husband and that has been lovely, but the flipside is of being robbed of time with them when I feel like there isn’t endless time left. So that has been really, really hard and I get so emotional about it.”

However, she told Doireann Garrihy on the Laughs of Your Life podcast she doesn’t know whether it is better to deal with the inevitability of his illness now or later - but she said her father is still 'a messer' and makes everyone laugh in the care home.

“I feel like me dealing with his illness to come is in the post, I know it’s there and I don’t know which is better – you deal with it, and it is not a shock and that is sh*t because it’s infiltrating your time. The fact that he is still here. He’s still the messer in there. He’s confined to a wheelchair and his movement is restricted.

“He still makes everybody laugh up there. Even in my dad’s ill health, he still has this gorgeous sense of humour. Even now with all the gags, he still says them. Sometimes he gets confused about stuff but my dad wants to laugh.”

Last year, Amy uploaded a rare snap with her dad to honour him on Father's day.

The actress has previously posted old photos of her dad sharing that the 'cheekiness' he had when she was a child never seemed to fade.

She posted the photo alongside her dad, with the caption: “Happy Father’s Day to the biggest messer, always the first to crack a joke, the best advice giver, the biggest cheerleader. So lucky to call you Dad. Love you Pops”.


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