‘Thought game was over’ Chris Kamara convinced he had dementia before secret diagnosis

Chris Kamara provides update on his health

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Chris Kamara told Steph McGovern that he thought “the game was over” amid his recent health battle, during an appearance on her Channel 4 show Packed Lunch. The 63-year-old sports pundit mistook his symptoms for dementia and feared the worse, before speaking out about his struggle.

Chris was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid 20 months ago.

He kept the diagnosis a secret for most of that period and did not even tell his wife Anne how much he was suffering with the condition.

The former footballer, known to many as Kammy, opened up to mark Mental Health Awareness Week.

The emotional star warned the presenter that he could become tearful when talking about his experience.

“As you know, it’s been a difficult time for me. My hormones have been all over the place so forgive me if I get upset,” the Sky Sports pundit told Steph.

“Having had hyperthyroidism for 20 months now, for 18 months of those I kept it to myself, I knew I wasn’t well.”

He explained that people were starting to notice the change in him, but he did not want to talk about his condition.

“I’d have people watching me on Sky or on this show, ‘There’s something not quite right about him,’ and I’d say, ‘No… I’m fine, I’m fine’.”

“And you don’t speak to anyone. Even my own wife, I didn’t mention I was suffering or struggling or whatever. So people have got to talk,” Chris went on to say.

Steph pointed out that it was through talking that Chris discovered that he had a medical condition.

“Well, I thought I had dementia,” he revealed.

“I’ll be honest with you, I thought the game’s over. I’m not going to remember my kids or anything.

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“Until I got a brain scan. And the brain scans showed that there was nothing wrong with the brain. There’s another condition that it is.

“So that’s what I’m saying to people, you never know. It’s not over.

“Don’t say what I said, casera sera.

“Go and get yourself checked,” he urged viewers.

Yesterday, Chris spoke out on social media after realising that keeping everything to himself was having a negative effect on his own wellbeing.

“Having suffered in silence myself for 18 months, I am now one month on after finding out my problem is Hypothyroidism!” he wrote online, in view of his 1.7 million followers.

“With medication I am on the mend.

“Really brought it home 2me that nobody knows what’s going on inside your head unless you tell somebody #MentalHealthAwareness,”(sic) he said.

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