We can all recognize him from his jaw-dropping performance in the excellent film “Back to the Future” just by glancing at his face. We all know that Michael J. Fox was just 29 years old when he received his Parkinson’s disease diagnosis. He disclosed his health issue and how the illness was hurting his short-term memory.
In 1998, Michael made his condition known, and two years later, as his illness got worse, he decided to take a break from acting. For Michael, accepting his illness and finding the bright spot within the everyday challenges he must endure took some time.
“My short-term memory is shot,” remarked the actor and tough guy Michael J. Fox, who has won four Golden Globe Awards, five Primetime Emmy Awards, a Grammy Award, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.
He also says that while “the last couple of years have been more difficult than most,” he used to have a “genuine aptitude for words and memorizing.” And in some extreme cases, the past few projects I completed required me to write a lot of words. I had trouble with both of them.
Michael revealed a previously untold part of his condition in an interview with comedian Mike Birbiglia. He also said that he had lost his sense of smell, although he could still recall the majority of them, particularly the scent of pine just before Christmas.
According to common thinking, Parkinson’s disease is most terrifying because of its tremors, but the disease also has many other difficult symptoms, including a loss of smell that can occur months or years after diagnosis.
The Spin City and Back to the Future actor has been married to Tracy Pollan for 32 years, and the two of them have four lovely children. He has long faced difficult everyday challenges, but his family has always supported and loved him.
Michael founded the Michael J. Fox Foundation, whose mission is to fund scientific research into Parkinson’s disease cures. It presently funds more Parkinson’s disease research than any other non-profit worldwide. He was included on the 2007 Time Magazine list of 100 persons “whose power, talent or moral example is reshaping the world” due to his tenacity and commitment to helping others.
After receiving his diagnosis, he was no longer able to act at the same pace. In his voiceover work, he concentrated on movies like Stuart Little and Atlantis: The Lost Empire.
Michael admitted to having poor guitar skills. It comes down to writing since my drawing is no longer excellent, my dancing has never been good, and acting is increasingly harder to accomplish. Fortunately, I absolutely like it. I love life, but many don’t believe me. Family time is my favorite.
What a remarkable man! With all that had happened to him, he demonstrated that no barrier could stop a person’s will to live and help their fellow human being.
We can only hope for the best for him in the future. We sincerely hope that he continues to be as upbeat and enthusiastic as he has always been.