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Robin Williams' Widow Pens Essay on His Brain Disease

Susan Schneider descibes how she suffered along with her husband in "The Terrorist Inside My Husband's Brain"

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    Actor Robin Williams and his wife Susan Schneider in November 2009 in Hollywood. Schneider recently wrote an essay on her late husband's disease.

    Robin Williams’ widow opened up about the late actor’s life in a moving new essay titled "The Terrorist Inside My Husband’s Brain."

    In the essay, published in the medical journal Neurology, Susan Schneider describes Williams as drowning in his symptoms of Lewy body dementia and feeling like she was drowning along with him. Lewy body dementia is often misdiagnosed and can come with impaired thinking, memory loss, insomnia, and paranoia.

    Williams killed himself in August 2014. 

    Schneider writes, "Robin is and will always be a larger-than-life spirit who was inside the body of a normal man with a human brain. He just happened to be that 1 in 6 who is affected by brain disease."

    Schneider, who serves on the board for the American Brain Foundation, hopes her essay leads to more understanding for everyone affected.