Chris Kamara gives fans positive update on his apraxia diagnosis - 'I'm doing great'

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8 Jul 2024, 14:10

Chris Kamara smiling and chatting on This Morning

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Chris Kamara appeared on This Morning today (8th July) to update fans about his ongoing health journey with apraxia.

Catching up with his friend, This Morning host Ben Shephard, the beloved sports commentator and TV star shared how he’s recently been “doing great” following a difficult early time dealing with his diagnosis.

As explained on the NHS website, apraxia of speech is a speech disorder in which a person has trouble pronouncing words correctly and consistently.



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Kamara - or Kammy as he is known by friends and fans alike - was diagnosed with the condition in 2022 and has been open in the past about how he found it difficult to accept and adapt to his apraxia diagnosis at first.

But speaking on Monday’s episode of This Morning he told viewers things were looking up. “I’m doing great. I’ve got everything back apart from the speed in my voice,” he shared. 

“If you met me before, you would think I always talk like this but as [Ben] knows, I would talk at 300 mph and not stop to think what I said, but now I get more time to think.”

Kammy added: “I find it difficult now to walk down the stairs without holding the handle and various other things but that’s alright - I’m quite happy with that as I can get by with that and there is always someone worse off than you. 

“So I am fine,” he emphasised. “I’m fine and I am on the mend. I have stopped feeling sorry for myself, which I did at the beginning, but now I am on the mend.”

Thanking his family, friends and fans for their support over the past few years, the former footballer and football manager also shared: “You worry and you think you’re going to be a burden. You think the worst things in the world. 

“Once you get those out of your head - and the only way you can do that is by talking to people and people reassuring you - the reaction I had was amazing. I thank every person out there who seemed to get in touch and give support.”

This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV, ITVX, STV and STV Player.