COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- Franklin County Auditor Clarence Mingo says he's been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. He informed his staff on Monday.

“These and related symptoms have been a part of my life since 1991,” Mingo said. “This is a visible part of my life. Parkinson’s disease does not define me, but disclosing the diagnosis publicly has become a source of personal strength.

The 41 year old Republican believes he may have contracted the disease while serving in the Army during the Persian Gulf War.

Mingo hopes some good comes from him going public with the diagnosis.

“Hopefully this announcement can serve as a way to encourage others afflicted with this particular disease, providing assurance that a very full and meaningful life can be lived,” he said.

Mingo wants to see the Department of Veterans Affairs

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects one’s movement.