Despite significant challenges, Michael J. Fox has fought hard against Parkinson’s disease and lived with its complications for a considerable amount of time.
Since his diagnosis in the early 1990s, the now-retired actor has dedicated himself to advancing research and understanding of this debilitating disease. He has become the face of the fight against it.
Recently, the Back to the Future actor has spoken out about his struggles with the disease, admitting that his condition is worsening and stating that he doesn’t think he will live to be 80 years old.
The 61-year-old actor has always shown a positive image despite being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, but he has never hidden that the disease is taking a toll on his health and overall well-being.
In a recent interview, Foxx spoke about his impending death and how, with Parkinson’s disease, he is “getting harder and harder to deal with.”
” I’m not going to lie. It’s getting hard; it’s getting harder. This is becoming increasingly difficult,” Fox said in an interview with CBS Sunday morning anchor Jane Pauley.
” It’s getting harder every day. But, but, but, but, but, but, it’s what it is. Who do I turn to about this?”.
He recently underwent surgery to remove a tumor found on his spine. It wasn’t anything serious, but it affected his gait and caused him to somersault.
“You don’t die from Parkinson’s disease. You die with Parkinson’s disease,” Fox concluded. ” Recently, I’ve been thinking about mortality more and more. … And I will not be 80. I’m not going to live to be 80.”
Back in 1991, Fox was diagnosed with a brain disease after he noticed a tremor in his pinky finger. Information about the actor’s struggle with the disease has come to light again ahead of the release of his new documentary Still, which chronicles his life over the past three decades.
In the movie, he reportedly admits: “I’m in a lot of pain. Every concussion is like a seismic jolt.”
In his new interview, he clarified, ” It’s not so much the movement that hurts, it’s the not moving. It happens when you freeze, and in that freezing, that not-moving is filled with all this energy and becomes this burning, looming event that will never happen.”
“I don’t want to get violins. I’ve broken my arm, my elbow, my humerus, my other humerus, my shoulder, my face, and a few other things. It’s all amplified by the electricity from the tremors. So, yes, it hurts a lot. But you learn that nobody cares. It’s just life. It doesn’t matter. You accept it and move on with your life. And there might be a story to tell. But that’s just it. There’s no paperwork you can present at the refund window.”
Always remaining optimistic despite the apparent difficulties, Fox gallantly promised he was “not going anywhere.”
Due to declining health, the actor announced his retirement in 2021: “Depression is not so deep that I’m going to injure myself … It always comes back to where I say, ‘Well, there’s more reason to be happy in my life than there is to grieve.'” That pain speaks for itself. It can either be tolerated or not. And I’m not going anywhere.”
I’m not sure about you, but I am inspired by Michael J. Fox’s ability to persevere in such adversity. He is undoubtedly a celebrity that one would want to be like.
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