Michael J Fox has made a heartbreaking statement as he accepts his own mortality amid his battle against Parkinson’s disease.
It was in 1991 when the actor was diagnosed with the condition at aged 29.
People with the neurodegenerative disorder suffer from symptoms such as memory loss, depression, stiffness and shaking.
In 1998, Fox went public with his battle with the disorder and launched the Michael J. Fox Foundation two years later.
The foundation is “dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson’s today.”
Fox recently revealed that the Michael J. Fox Foundation has played a major role in funding research into Parkinson’s disease that could be a game-changer for patients.
But fans have been left heartbroken as they witness how the condition affected not only his well-being but also his career.
In a preview for his CBS Sunday Morning’s Jane Pauley interview, Fox has made a heartbreaking prediction and said he doesn’t believe he’s going to reach 80.
“My life is set up so… I can pack Parkinson’s along with me if I have to,” the 61-year-old actor says in the preview.
“You don’t die from Parkinson’s. You die with Parkinson’s.”
Fox also revealed that a simple cold or injury could prove fatal to him.
“I’ve been thinking about the mortality of it… I’m not gonna be 80,” he continued.
“It’s banging on the door […] I’m not going to lie, it’s getting hard, it’s getting harder,” Fox continues.
“Every day is tougher. But, but that’s — that’s the way it is.”
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Hold onto hope, it is the only thing that is keeping you going, so stay strong in your battle with this debilitating disease, and keep the faith that you are going to win this battle…it is the power of your mind that will keep you alive….
I witnessed the late stage consequences of Parkinson’s with my sister. Over a period of six years she moved from a position to give care to me through kidney surgery, to needing care giving thru end of life. The sad feature being the progressive shrinking of her life–less outside life, less external reach out with friends, and generally less engagement. One is always looking for signs of improvement and convincing themselves they see it. Over the long run at this time, however, Parkinson’s marches forward and ultimately it will prevail.
My dad has now had Parkinson’s for 12 years, he is now 81. He has participated with the Brain Institute for the last nine years to help others and is willing to continue to do so. Without a doubt it has compromised his lifestyle and some days are better than others. Stress really effects him from walking ok to barely being able to walk. He is on a truck load of medications but they help heaps. He is doing pretty well considering and is still the yummy man he has always been. I wish Micheal Fox all the best and thank him from the bottom of my heart for all the input he has created to beat this horrible disease. 🥰
He is such a Fighter, such a Brave man!
We have these stupid wars of nations at each other’s throats and for WHAT!
Wake up and search for the sick and feed the starving.
Myself I’ve had prostate cancer, 3 X CABG, Mitral Valve replacement and 2 knee replacements.
How lucky am I as I’m enjoying life on the grassy side of the turf at 74.
WAKE UP WORLD!
I so agree with you on all the fighting in this world, if they could put all there efforts into healing the sick and feeding the hungry what a wonderful world we would have.
I know how you feel michael. I also have Parkinsons. My older brother had it and also my mother.i feel kinda scared sometimes because I’m no sure just how long I have.i watched my mom die and my brother. I just hope my children don’t get it.I want to thank you for everything you do fir all of us.God Bless you.thougsusan Haines ht and prayers for us all
Michael J. Fox has given a face to Parkinson’s. His foundations success will given sufferers hope. My sister has had this disease since her mid 40’s. She is now 67 and is in her final years. She suffers from hallucinations and dementia as well as the devastating loss of the ability to walk. While there is no cure, my hope is that others will be able to find benefits of the foundation’s continued research. It is not a disease you wish on anyone. God bless you Michael for all you are doing.