“I said that Parkinson’s is a gift,” reiterated Michael J. Fox in an interview with the US magazine Town & Countryreleased Thursday 2 November 2023. The actor is the cover story of the November issue of the American magazine.
“Parkinson’s is a gift that continues to take something away from me, but it has changed my life in many positive ways,” Fox added.
The actor explained that he does not fear death, adding that his only fear is that he could endanger his family due to his illness. He told Town & Country his worst nightmares, which are those about falling on top of his family members while in public, perhaps near a busy road. “I fear anything that could endanger my family,” she declared, thus making it clear that the nightmare of falling on his wife and children concerns the possibility of causing them physical harm. For the rest, however, the Emmy-winning actor is calm.
Last April Fox declared to the microphones of CBS News Sunday Morning who doesn’t imagine himself living to the age of 80. On that occasion he also pointed out that “you don’t die of Parkinson’s: you die with Parkinson’s”.
In the recent interview with Town & Country, he says: “One day I’ll run out of energy.” He said that at that point he’ll “allow himself to have run out of energy.” He added: “If I were to die tomorrow, it would be premature, but it wouldn’t be unheard of. No, I’m not afraid. One day I’ll run out of gas. One day I’ll just say: I’m not going out today, no. If that happens, I’ll let it happen. I have 62 years old”.
The actor had previously admitted: “I’m not going to lie, it’s getting harder, harder and harder. Every day it’s harder. But that’s the way things are.”
A fight against the disease that left an indelible mark
The star of Back to the Future he knows that the coexistence he has had with Parkinson’s disease for decades has left an indelible mark on his life.
More than 30 years after being diagnosed with the disease that causes uncontrollable tremors, Fox, 62, says he has a “very complex” view of the disease.
The star made his diagnosis public in 1998, founding the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, together with CEO Deborah Brooks. His foundation aims to fund research, in order to help scientists find a cure for the disease.
In 2020, the actor’s foundation funded $233 million in grants, after raising nearly $200 million in private donations, the magazine reports Town & Country. Thanks to grants from his foundation, a study published its findings in April 2023, stating that Parkinson’s “can be detected by a biomarker protein.”
The support he receives from his family is crucial
Michael J. Fox’s experience with Parkinson’s has put his family life at the forefront. The support of his family was a fundamental support, proving to be something without which the actor would not enjoy the serenity that distinguishes him today.
Fox is married to actress Tracy Pollan, with whom he has four children: Sam, Aquinnah, Schuyler and Esme. The entire Fox family was featured in Davis Guggenheim’s 2023 documentary titled Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie.