November 9, 2023·Celebrities·Barbora Turková
Michael J. Fox (Source: Profimedia)
For seven long years, the actor Michael J. Fox, known from the film series Back to the Future, kept his illness a secret. In 1998, he announced that he was suffering from Parkinson’s disease, which he still struggles with today. And despite everything, he tries to fight the disease.
Actor Michael J. Fox has been living with Parkinson’s disease for thirty long years. Even so, he is an optimist, he called the disease a gift and confided that he is not afraid of death, which could come prematurely. “I argue that Parkinson’s is a gift. It’s a gift that takes its toll, but it has changed my life in so many positive ways,” said Fox, who founded the Michael J. Fox Foundation, which raises money to develop therapies for people with Parkinson’s disease.
The star of the film series Back to the Future tries to maintain a positive attitude towards life, but at the same time openly admits that a serious illness often complicates his life. He underwent spinal surgery that left him paralyzed. He fell several times, breaking both hands, palm, orbital and cheekbones. He describes himself as a tough guy because nothing surprises him or breaks him.
But at the same time, he knows that it can’t be like this forever. “One day I’ll just run out of gas. When it comes, I will allow myself to leave. I am 62 years old, if I died tomorrow it would certainly be premature, but not unheard of. So no, I’m not afraid of it,” he admitted openly.
When he was diagnosed with the disease, he did not believe that he could live a full life. “If someone had told me when I was twenty-nine, when I was diagnosed, that after sixty I would still be promoting my new films, that I would be happy, I wouldn’t have believed it. You really are I enjoy every day and every moment of it. I am cautious optimistbut my family would say I’m more optimistic than cautious,” added the actor, for whom his wife and four children are a great support.