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Kimberly Williams-Paisley reveals emotional family struggle

Kimberly Williams-Paisley comes forward about family crisis in effort to help others
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Kimberly Williams-Paisley recently allowed fans to glimpse into a very painful part of her and husband Brad Paisley’s private life. On February 17, ABC’s “Good Morning America” shared an interview that Kimberly Williams-Paisley did with GMA’s Robin Roberts.

In the interview, Kimberly Williams-Paisley revealed that her mother is now in a long-term care facility, after a lengthy struggle with primary progressive aphasia, a type of dimentia. According to the Mayo Clinic, PPA is a “rare nervous system syndrome that impairs language capabilities. People with primary progressive aphasia may have trouble expressing their thoughts and comprehending or finding words. People with primary progressive aphasia can become mute and may eventually lose the ability to understand written or spoken language.”

Kimberly Williams-Paisley explained that the inability to express thoughts or find the right words is exactly what her mother experienced. Those early symptoms are what led her mother to seek a diagnosis. Over time, when her mother’s care became too much for her father, her mother was moved to the long-term care facility.

Though Kimberly Williams-Paisley has privately struggled with the pain of losing the mom she grew up with, she says that she has now found peace in embracing her mother as she is now. She has learned to appreciate the simple ways that her mom has found to interact with her and Brad Paisley’s children, Huck and Jasper, and she has also found ways to communicate memories to her mother through music.

The Paisley’s have been dealing with the diagnosis for several years, but are finally at a point of acceptance and peace that allows them to share their story with others in hopes of encouraging someone else who is going through a similar struggle.

Hear the touching interview in its entirety at ABC News.

Kimberly Williams-Paisley is currently set to join the cast of “Two And A Half Men” after her recent exit from ABC’s “Nashville.”

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