Michael J. Fox61 years old, do not believe that I will live to 80 years old Parkinson’s diagnosis continue to make progress. “Yes, it is banging on the door,” he continued CBS Sunday morning to be saved Jane Pauley in an interview that aired on Sunday, April 30, referring to the end of his life. “All these subtle ways get you. … You don’t die of Parkinson’s disease. You die with Parkinson’s disease. So I was thinking about its death. … I won’t be 80. I won’t be 80,” the actor is telling his story in the documentary Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie on AppleTV+speak.
“Yeah, I mean, I won’t lie. It’s getting tough, it’s getting harder. It is becoming more difficult. Every day it’s more difficult. But that’s the way it is. I mean, you know, who do I meet about that? the Back to the Future icon spoke more about the challenging illness he was diagnosed with in 1991 – but did not publicly confirm that he had Parkinson’s until seven years later.
According to the official Parkinson’s website, Parkinson’s disease is defined as a neurological disorder that can cause “involuntary or uncontrollable movements, such as tremors, rigidity, difficulty maintaining balance, equal and coordinated”. National Institute of Aging in the United States As the disease progresses, affected individuals begin to experience difficulty with basic activities such as walking and speaking, which leads to “behavior changes, trouble sleeping, depression, trouble remembering and tired”. Statistically, the disease affects men more than women. There is also no cure for the condition that affects about 500,000 Americans each year. National Institutes of Health.
In the same interview, he also explained that surgery to remove a benign tumor on his spinal cord, as well as falls that resulted in fractures, all “disturbed” his ability to his commute.
As Michael was only 29 years old at the time of his diagnosis, he had struggled with advanced Parkinson’s disease for most of his marriage to his wife. Tracy Pollan62, whom he shares four kids with: Sam Michael34, French Schuyler29, Aquinnah Kathleen29, and Esme Annabelle23. “We were just married when I was diagnosed,” he told CBS in 2022. “We’ve been married for 32 years, I’ve been diagnosed for 30 years. Very early in the marriage, she was to blame for this,” he also said at the time.
Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie on Apple TV+ begins streaming May 12, 2023.