Michael J. Fox has been a role model for many people living with Parkinson’s disease since he was diagnosed with the condition in 1991. In a recent interview with CBS Mornings, he reflected on the challenges of living with the progressive disorder and how he is coping with it.
At the age of 61, Fox acknowledged that life with Parkinson’s was getting tougher every day. He admitted that the illness was banging on his door and that it was going to hurt. Despite this, he remained positive and said, “that’s the way it is and who do I see about that?”.
Fox’s diagnosis of Parkinson’s at the age of 29 was a turning point in his life. However, he did not let the condition stop him from pursuing his passion for acting. He continued to work on screen until 2020, when he officially retired from acting.
Fox has also dedicated a significant portion of his time to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease. He created his foundation in 2000, which has since become the largest non-profit funder of Parkinson’s disease research in the world. The foundation has raised more than $1 billion towards research projects and improved therapies for people with the condition.
Reflecting on the mortality of Parkinson’s, Fox said, “You don’t die from Parkinson’s. You die with Parkinson’s. So I’ve been thinking about the mortality of it. I’m not gonna be 80. I’m not gonna be 80.” These words demonstrate the reality of Parkinson’s and the importance of living each day to the fullest.
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. It develops gradually, and symptoms may start with a slight tremor or a change in speech. The disease is caused by the loss of dopamine-producing brain cells, which leads to the symptoms of tremors, stiffness, and balance problems.
Although there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, there are treatments available to manage the symptoms. Medications can help to improve movement, while physical therapy can help with balance and coordination. Exercise has also been shown to be beneficial for people with Parkinson’s, as it can help to improve strength, flexibility, and mobility.
Living with Parkinson’s disease can be challenging, but it is possible to maintain a good quality of life with the right treatment and support. Michael J. Fox’s positive attitude towards life with Parkinson’s is an inspiration to many, and his dedication to finding a cure for the disease is a testament to his resilience and determination.
By: Mr WWK