Parkinson’s disease diagnosis
Back in 1991, at the tender age of 29, Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. The actor’s illness causes degeneration of the nervous system. He was told he would be lucky if could still work when he was 40 as his quality of life would drastically decrease.
Though he hid it for more than seven years, even from his own family, Michael finally went public with his diagnosis in 1998. Despite the fact that the condition would've ended any other actor's career Michael didn't give up.
Michael J Fox Parkinson’s
Today, Michael J. Fox is 58-years-old and still standing strong. The Back to the Future star recently noted that he doesn’t want people to feel bad for him because of his condition.
In an interview with Access Hollywood, he explained:
What I love is that people empathize with what I'm doing, but they don't feel bad for me, which I wouldn't want them to, because I've got a wonderful life.
Ever since he went public with his diagnosis, Michael has been determined to find a cure for the disease through his nonprofit foundation, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
Seeing the positive side
Despite hating his condition, Michael sees the positive side to it. During an appearance on CBS Sunday Morning, he noted that his condition has been one of his greatest gifts to help others. The award-winning actor also revealed that he is not about measuring how long he has to spend.
Since coming out about his condition, Michael has managed to continue acting and remains the light bringer for all the people who have Parkinson’s disease.