Michael J. Fox Says “I’m Not Going To Be 80” As He Speaks On Life With Parkinson’s Disease

Michael J. Fox Says “I’m Not Going To Be 80” As He Speaks On Life With Parkinson’s Disease

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The Hollywood actor for four decades, has had to reduce his activities due to his fight with Parkinson’s disease. In a soon-be-aired interview with CBS Morning, Michael J. Fox opens up on mortality and shares his worries about his life expectancy. Speaking to journalist Jane Pauley, the activist responded to her question about the progressive disorder, “At some point Parkinson’s going to call for you, isn’t it?” 

Fox replied, “Yeah, it’s banging on the door. I mean, I’m not going to lie it’s going to hurt.” Now aged 61, he added that life with Parkinson’s was “getting tougher; every day it gets tougher. But, that’s the way it is and who do I see about that? “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.”

Michael J. Fox continued to work despite his health struggles

Even as he announced his retirement, Fox has appeared as a guest on numerous shows, such as Rescue Me, Scrubs, The Good Wife, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He also starred in The Michael J. Fox Show, an NBC sitcom focused on his personal experiences, where he played a news anchor attempting a comeback after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s. In 2020, due to the progress of his disease and its effect on his speech, Fox announced his retirement once again. 

The actor didn’t do down memory lane after his retirement, he went on to become a prominent figure, advocating strongly for increased awareness of Parkinson’s disease and fundraising to improve future generations’ understanding of the illness, with the ultimate goal of preventing or mitigating its effects in the years. He has raised millions of dollars through his foundation to support the research, and the foundation will continue to do so for many years to come.

His interview with CBS Morning no doubt opines that the actor perceives his time in Hollywood as over. But then, of course, he has participated in Back to the Future reunions, presentations, and other fan events. For those who have been following the actor’s journey since his early roles, these appearances are still very much significant as any of his performances on screen.

When was Michael J. Fox diagnosed with Parkinson’s? 

Michael J. Fox learned of his Parkinson’s disease diagnosis in 1991 while working on the film Doc Hollywood. He kept the news private for several years and eventually told his colleagues during the third season of Spin City. In 1998, the actor made his condition public.

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