Michael J. Fox makes heart-wrenching new statement after 30-year battle with Parkinson’s

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Posted November 1, 2023 by: Admin #News

Michael J. Fox, a renowned actor, has faced the persistent challenges posed by Parkinson’s disease with remarkable determination. Since his diagnosis in the early 1990s, he has transitioned into retirement but has remained a prominent advocate for Parkinson’s research and understanding.


In a recent heartfelt interview, the iconic star of “Back to the Future” candidly shared his ongoing struggles with the disease, acknowledging the deterioration of his health and expressing doubts about reaching the age of 80.

Throughout his journey, the 61-year-old actor has consistently projected positivity about his Parkinson’s diagnosis while never concealing the toll it has taken on his well-being.

During the interview with CBS Sunday Morning anchor Jane Pauley, Fox candidly addressed the challenges of living with Parkinson’s disease, saying, “I’m not gonna lie. It’s gettin’ hard, it’s gettin’ harder. It’s gettin’ tougher. But, but, that’s the way it is. I mean, you know, who do I see about that?”


He also revealed that he recently underwent spinal surgery after the discovery of a benign tumor on his spine, which affected his ability to walk and resulted in a series of injuries. Fox remarked, “[I] broke this arm, and I broke this arm, I broke this elbow. I broke my face. I broke my hand.”

Summing up his perspective on the disease, Fox stated, “You don’t die from Parkinson’s. You die with Parkinson’s. I’ve been thinking about the mortality of it. … I’m not gonna be 80.”


Michael J. Fox’s ongoing battle with Parkinson’s, which began with his diagnosis in 1991 when he noticed a tremor in his pinkie finger, has once again taken the spotlight as he prepares to release his new documentary, “Still.” This documentary chronicles the actor’s life over the past three decades.

In the film, he openly admits, “I’m in intense pain. Each tremor is like a seismic jolt.” He expanded on this in a recent interview, stating, “It’s not so much pain from the movement, but from the not moving. It’s when you freeze, and in that freezing, that not-movement becomes infused with all this energy and it becomes this burning, impending thing that never happens. I don’t want to get the violins out. I’ve broken my hand, my elbow, my humerus, my other humerus, my shoulder, my face, and some other s— too.


And all that stuff is amplified by the electricity of the tremors. So, yes, it hurts a lot. But what you learn is that nobody gives a s—. It’s just life. It doesn’t matter. You suck it up and you move on. And there might be a story to tell in it. But only that. There’s no chit that you can present to a window for a refund.”

Despite his evident struggles, Michael J. Fox remains resolute in his optimism and has assured that he’s not “going anywhere.” He announced his retirement in 2021 due to his declining health but stated, “The depression is [not] so deep that I’m going to injure myself … it always comes back to a place where I go, ‘Well, there’s more to celebrate in my life than there is to mourn.’ The pain speaks for itself. You either tolerate it or you don’t. And I’m not going anywhere.”


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