Michael J. Fox Opens Up About Battle with Parkinson’s Disease

Written by on March 2, 2019

Fourth Estate Staff

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Just after actress Selma Blair appeared at the Vanity Fair Oscar’s party and an interview with Good Morning America’s Robyn Roberts to discuss (and inspired) people about her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis,her fellow actor Michael J. Fox opened up to the New York Times about his new health scares amid battling Parkinson’s disease.

Blair revealed that she contacted her fellow actor Michael J. Fox who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease since 1992 about his struggles. The ‘Back to the Future’ actor on the other hand kept the diagnosis secret until revealing it in 1998.

He reveals to The New York Times his struggles of always falling down and requiring him to undergo spinal surgery but despite it has never stopped him from doing his first love— acting— appearing in tv shows like ‘The Good Wife’ and ‘Rescue Me’.

“I was told it [spinal cord] was benign but if it stayed static I would have diminished feeling in my legs and difficulty moving,” he said. “Then all of a sudden I started falling — a lot. It was getting ridiculous. I was trying to parse what was the Parkinson’s and what was the spinal thing. But it came to the point where it was probably necessary to have surgery. So I had surgery, and an intense amount of physical therapy after. I did it all, and eventually people asked me to do some acting. Last August I was supposed to go to work. I woke up, walked into the kitchen to get breakfast, misstepped and I went down. I fractured the hell out of my arm. I ended up getting 19 pins and a plate. It was such a blow.”

He reveals that he was optimistic and had certain expectations of himself that he pushed himself too far after his serious surgery.

He is also raising funds through the Michael J. Fox Foundation, which already accumulated a staggering $800 million, to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease.

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