Michael J. Fox breaks the silence about a painful disease he is battling with (Video)
The ‘Back To The Future’ actor would never have imagined that his future would involve being diagnosed with a long-term degenerative disorder at a young age.
You can find out all the details of his difficult fight in this video.
He never thought it would change his life. In an interview with Jane Pauley from CBS News, Michael J. Fox opens up about this painful disease.
Michael J. Fox was a prominent film and television actor in the 90s. He is most known for his role as Marty McFly in the Back to the Future trilogy.
He also played Mike Flaherty on the sitcom Spin City that won him five Emmys, four Golden Globes, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.
But the 100th episode of Spin City was his last as the symptoms of his disease worsened. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease when he was 29 years old in 1991.
However, he revealed it to the public seven years after in 1998. Fox said he first noticed the troubling muscle tremor when he was at the peak of his career and filming Doc Hollywood.
The symptoms of the disease such as muscle stiffness, tremors, and slurred speech soon began to manifest.
Fox’s doctor told him, “You have 10 years left to work. They’re working on some things. There’s some things in the pipeline.”
Fox told Pauley he was shocked.
“Little bit of hope, but it wasn’t enough for me. I felt very shocked by it.”
Fox also testified before Congress and said:
"As I began to understand what research might promise for the future, I became hopeful that I would not face the terrible suffering so many with Parkinson's endure. But I was shocked and frustrated to learn the amount of funding for Parkinson's research is so meager."
In 2000, he formed a team to raise money for research on treatments that would “slow, stop, and reverse the progression of the disease and someday find a cure.”
He also created Fox Insight, which is a Fox Foundation online database.
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