Author Robert Munsch reveals diagnosis of dementia
TORONTO – Beloved Canadian children’s book author Robert Munsch says he’s been diagnosed with dementia.
The 76-year-old revealed his health issues over the weekend, saying they were “ongoing”.
“I can’t drive, I can’t ride a bike, I can’t write. So it really reduced who I thought I was, ”Munsch said in a CBC radio interview.
CTVNews.ca reached out to Munsch for comment, but Scholastic Canada told him his CBC appearance was the “only interview he was doing.”
Guelph, Ont. The writer, originally born in Pittsburgh, is best known for his classics such as “The Paper Bag Princess”, “Love You Forever” and “50 Below Zero”, among nearly 100 others.
Munsch has been open about his health in the past, saying he struggled with mental health and addiction issues for most of his adult life. He notes on his site that he was diagnosed as obsessive-compulsive and manic “several years ago”; and that he has attended twelve-step recovery meetings for over 25 years.
Despite his diagnosis of dementia, Munsch said he still remembers all of his stories.
“My stories, strangely enough, are all there,” Munsch said. “The stories will be the last thing to do, I think.”
He is considered one of the most famous Canadian authors with over 80 million copies sold in North America alone.
One of Munsch’s best-known books, “Love You Forever”, has sold over 30 million copies worldwide since its publication in 1986. Another popular title, “The Paper Bag Princess”, has sold over seven million copies.
His books have been translated into 20 different languages.
In addition to his remarkable books, Munsch is also a member of the Order of Canada, has a star on Canadian Walk of Fame in Toronto, and had two public schools in Ontario that bear his name.