20 Years Since Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s Diagnosis, The Resilient Actor-Crusader Reveals What It’s Really Been Like…
It’s been two decades since actor Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and to say that it’s been a heartbreaking yet insightful and life-affirming journey would be an understatement. Known for his roles in “Back to the Future,” “Sin City,” and “Doc Hollywood,” the actor is really praised for being a crusader for stem cell research, finding a cure for Parkinson’s Disease, and helping people cope with it. Yet in the beginning, coming to terms with his diagnosis back in 1998 was the hardest thing he had to do.
For years, Fox turned to alcohol to drown away his despair, which almost turned him into an addict, then it hit him one day that he had to change his life and help others facing his same battle. “After I made my diagnosis public back in 1998, I began to realize that Parkinson’s gives you two things to reckon with. You deal with the condition, and you deal with people’s perception of the condition,” he told AARP magazine.
With that said, Fox launched the Michael J. Fox Foundation, an organization whose mission is to help people diagnosed with Parkinson’s by providing financial and emotional support. It also works closely with doctors and researchers to gain more knowledge and to someday find a cure. Today, with the help of medication, Fox continues to act and help others while foreseeing a bright future ahead.