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Michael J. Fox shares emotional update following a 30-year struggle with Parkinson’s

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Michael J. Fox, the former actor known for his role in Back to the Future, has been living with Parkinson’s disease for many years. Despite facing various challenges due to the disease, Fox remains determined to fight against it.

Over the years, he has dedicated himself to raising awareness and supporting research related to Parkinson’s since his diagnosis in the early 1990s.

Recently, Fox has opened up about the impact of the disease on his health, admitting that it is deteriorating. He has also expressed his belief that he may not live to reach 80 years old. Regardless, Fox continues to be a prominent advocate in the battle against this debilitating condition.

 

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The 61-year-old actor has consistently maintained a positive outlook regarding his Parkinson’s diagnosis, while not hiding the impact it has on his overall health and wellbeing. In a recent conversation, he spoke about the increasing challenges of living with the disease.

During an interview with CBS Sunday Morning anchor Jane Pauley, Fox opened up about his mortality and acknowledged that life with Parkinson’s is becoming more difficult each day. He admitted to the growing challenges, saying, “Every day it’s tougher.” Despite this, he remains resilient and continues to share his experiences with others.

Fox shared that he underwent spinal surgery after doctors discovered a benign tumor on his spine. The tumor affected his ability to walk and led to multiple injuries from falling, including broken arms, an elbow, his face, and a hand. He emphasized that people don’t die from Parkinson’s, but rather with it, and acknowledged his thoughts on mortality, stating he doesn’t expect to reach 80 years old.

 

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The actor’s ongoing battle with Parkinson’s disease, diagnosed in 1991 after he noticed a tremor in his pinkie finger, is once again in the spotlight due to his upcoming documentary, “Still.” The film chronicles Fox’s life over the past three decades, providing an intimate look into his experiences and struggles with the brain disorder.

In the documentary, Fox reveals the intense pain he experiences, comparing each tremor to a “seismic jolt.” In an interview with The Times newspaper, he further explains that the pain comes not from the movement itself, but rather from the freezing and inability to move. This energy creates a burning sensation that is difficult to bear.

Despite his pain and injuries, including broken bones and facial injuries, Fox remains resilient. He acknowledges that life can be tough, but emphasizes the importance of moving forward and finding stories to tell through these challenges. He believes there’s no point in dwelling on the pain, as life goes on and people need to adapt and grow from their experiences.

 

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“I don’t want to get the violins out. I’ve broken my hand, my elbow, my humerus, my other humerus, my shoulder, my face and some other s— too. And all that stuff is amplified by the electricity of the tremors. So, yes, it hurts a lot. But what you learn is that nobody gives a s—. It’s just life. It doesn’t matter. You suck it up and you move on. And there might be a story to tell in it. But only that. There’s no chit that you can present to a window for a refund.”

Despite his challenges, Michael J. Fox remains optimistic and determined not to let his struggles bring him down. He retired from acting in 2021 due to his declining health but maintains a positive outlook on life. Fox believes there is more to celebrate than to mourn and is committed to tolerating the pain.

His bravery and resilience in the face of adversity are truly inspiring and make him an admirable figure. Share your thoughts on Michael J. Fox’s journey and send him well-wishes for the future.