On Freddie Roach–Insight

The HBO series is what appears to be a candid slice of Freddie’s whirlwind on the go lifestyle. The life of a hugely successful trainer and gym owner, Freddie Roach has neared the pinnacle of the boxing world with numerous champions, but none more than 8 time world champion, Manny Pacquiao.

Roach is so revered in the Philippines, homeland of Pacquiao, that he has achieved celebrity status. Cadres of young women flock around him and men want to meet him, congratulate him, or get his autograph. He is without a doubt, a star. Roach is the third most famous celebrity in the Philippines, only behind Pacquiao and the Country’s leader. He is a boxing legend, but at what cost?

The series reveals bits and pieces of the man and his decisions. If you read between the lines and listen to Roach’s slurred and broken speech, you hear some regret, fear, loss, sadness, and even a touch of anger.  

Boxing has given him success in the sport, but, again, at what cost?  Roach’s current and ex-girlfriends make appearances on the show, leaving the viewer wondering how many relationships has boxing cost this man?

Freddie Roach is a true inspiration and an American success story. He fought his way out of poverty and the projects. His toughness and enduring focus on a goal propelled him to being the best ever.

Even with Parkinson’s Disease, at 52, to see Roach training in the ring, he functions incredibly well and speaks clearer inside the ring than he does outside. When someone with  Parkinson’s is doing what they love and what they excel at, it is easy for them to fall into a zone where he or she almost forgets about their symptoms. I see this in Freddie. His laser-like focus and commitment to his task at hand overcomes the illness while doing his job and what he loves.

On Freddie Roach is a raw and insightful look into Freddie’s taxing schedule, grueling  physical expectations, and the toll that it may be taking on both his body and mind. Roach shows true courage by sharing his life and challenges with Parkinson’s. He pulls back the curtain and sheds light on what Parkinson’s is and what it does. For this, I thank and applaud both Roach and HBO for this important exposure. Bravo!

About Karl Robb

Karl Robb has had Parkinson’s disease (PD) for over thirty years. With symptoms since he was seventeen years old, Karl was diagnosed at the age of twenty-three. Now fifty-one, he is a Parkinson’s disease advocate, an entrepreneur, an inventor, an author of two books (A Soft Voice in a Noisy World: A Guide to Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease and Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease and Other Health Conditions: A Workbook for Body, Mind, and Spirit) with his wife and care partner, Angela Robb. He has blogged for ten years on his website, ASoftVoice.com. He is a Community Team Member to ParkinsonsDisease.net and is a contributor to PatientsLikeMe.com. His blog, ASoftVoice.com, has been recognized four years in a row by Healthline.com as one of The Best Parkinson’s Blogs of 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015! Healthline.com also listed the book A Soft Voice in a Noisy World in their list of Best Parkinson’s Disease Books of 2017! FeedSpot.com has recognized ASoftVoice.com for 2018 and 2017 as a Top 50 Parkinson’s Disease blog. Karl was a blogger for the 2016 World Parkinson Congress in Portland, Oregon. He is a frequent speaker on Parkinson’s disease issues as well as an experienced advocate for Parkinson’s issues throughout the United States. He is also an advisor and consultant on Parkinson’s disease. Karl is a board member of both the Parkinson Voice Project and Parkinson Social Network based in Virginia. He was an active board member (6 years) and an advocate (18 years) with the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN). In his free time, he is a photographer, constant writer, longtime magician, and a practicing Reiki Jin Kei Do master. Karl received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been featured by The New York Post, BBC Radio, CBS News, National Public Broadcasting (NPR), in The New Republic magazine and NHK World Television, as well as several Washington, D.C., television stations. You may reach Karl via email at asoftvoice@gmail.com, on Facebook, or contact him via Twitter @asoftvoicepd. I’m available for speaking engagements to share my experience living with Parkinson’s disease. Please contact me at asoftvoice@gmail.com if you are interested in having me speak to your group, conference/symposium, or would like me to write an article for your newsletter or blog. I am not a medical professional and this information is my personal view. I am just sharing my medical journey with you, the reader. I encourage you to seek all avenues that can benefit your condition.

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