Disease came knocking when Fox was merely 29 in 1991. Seven years later in 1998, he courageously revealed to the world he had Parkinson’s. Early signs first appeared as a twitching little finger and a painful shoulder.
Contrary to what doctors predicted at diagnosis that he would not be able to continue acting for more than a few years, Fox defied all odds.
He enjoyed a thriving career for another 10 years after starting his battle with the disease.
Using medicine carbidopa/levodopa and undergoing thalamotomy in 1998 are part of Fox’s regimen to manage his symptoms.
Michael also mentioned that he doesn’t want to be seen as a “in being held up as any kind of saint or martyr”.
He admitted finding it hard to always be himself, having not acted for ten years, and said: “It’s a struggle. It’s very difficult. I get sick of talking about me. I know me too well.”
In 2020, Michael and his foundation announced the discovery of biomarkers for Parkinson’s disease.
Discussing his activism, the retired actor said: “It just became my whole purpose. And then that was the answer. I didn’t have time to think about it.”
He added: “And Parkinson’s has been by far the most exciting thing much more than my career.”
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