Parkinson's What? Michael J. Fox Reveals His Pursuit Of Happiness To Beat The Disease
November 14, 2018
The iconic Back to the Future star Michael J. Fox's blood ran cold after hearing his diagnosis: Parkinson's Disease. Of course, it's not every day that you get such shattering news about your health's decline.
Once, while filming Doc Hollywood in 1990, Fox woke up in his hotel room due to an irritating feeling: his pinky finger was witching relentlessly. At 29, the comedic actor was diagnosed with the disease, which disables movement and other nervous components, such as speech and muscles, with a bunch of debilitating symptoms.
I got this diagnosis, and it freaked me out, and I ran from it. I drank to obliterate it, to make it go away. Then I said, ‘I need to learn more about this.’ And after it was alarming and freakish and scary and nightmarish, Parkinson’s was settling. I was able to accept the fact of it, accept the truth of it. But acceptance doesn’t mean resignation; it means accepting and then moving on.