"I Was Supposed To Be Pretty Much Disabled By Now." How Michael J. Fox Manages To Live Happy Despite Parkinson’s Disease
The world was shocked when Michael J. Fox publicly announced his diagnosis back in 1998. He had been hiding it for more than seven years, even from his own family, mostly because of the state of denial. And indeed, who would accept the fact of having Parkinson’s disease at the top of their career and such a young age? He was only 30-years-old and was given no more than 10 years before his quality of life would drastically decrease.
Today, Michael J. Fox is 57-years-old and still standing strong. When he went public twenty years ago, he created The Michael J. Fox Foundation to discover a cure for Parkinson’s disease. For those who don’t know, Parkinson’s disease is a long-term degenerative disorder that damages the nervous system and specifically the motor system. The characteristic symptoms of the incurable disease include tremors, shaking, rigidity, difficulties with moving, etc. More than 60,000 people are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in the U.S. each year. Back to the Future star comments on his today’s condition:
I was supposed to be pretty much disabled by now. I’m far from it. This is as bad as I get, and I can still go to the store and go marketing.
Family and work keep Fox strong
Michael J. Fox, together with his wife Tracy Pollan, has a big family, including three daughters and a son, Sam, who looks exactly like his father. The children grew up knowing their father had the disease. However, they also know he is a fighter who continues the battle at any cost.
Michael J. Fox has been trying to keep himself busy and enjoy the life. He wrote books about positivity and the meaning of life aside from his career in the movie industry. One of the most characteristic books is "Always Looking Up: The Adventures Of An Incurable Optimist" (2008), where Michael describes his attitude and depression-related struggles, or basically how to get out of the bed in the mornings.
Fox seems to remain the lightbringer for all the people who have Parkinson’s disease. His foundation gathered more than $400 million for the research and discovered new ways of relieving the symptoms. He says:
I'm always aware that there are others who don't feel so good and can't express themselves the way I can. That's no small factor in the way I've been able to deal with this.
We hope Marty McFly will have enough of light inside to never stop enjoying his life. We believe that the actor’s charity work is not wasted and someday, the cure will be found!