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Michael J Fox: ‘Every step now is a frigging math problem, so I take it slow’



Michael J. Fox recently sat down for an interview with The Guardian (via video chat) to talk about his life and career. A few major points:

  • He is now 59 years old, which is considered to be the average age for a Parkinson's diagnosis. He has been living with the disease for 30 years.

  • He had to undergo surgery in 2018 to remove a tumour on his spine, which was actually unrelated to Parkinson's. One day, when he was alone at home, he fell over and smashed his upper arm so badly it required 19 screws. The recovery from the surgery was extremely traumatic because Parkinson's made it difficult for his fragile spinal cord to cope with the aftermath, and he fell into a depression:  “There is no way to put a shine on my circumstance,” [...] “Have I oversold optimism as a panacea, commodified hope? In telling other patients, ‘Chin up! It will be OK’, did I look to them to validate my optimism? Is it because I needed to validate it myself? Things don’t always turn out. Sometimes things turn shitty. My optimism is suddenly finite.”

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His new book is called "No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality". The interview is long but worth reading.
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30 fucking years. his entire fucking best years taken. like. fuck human bodies, honestly.
Fuck, I can't believe it's been 30 years. He's so fucking strong. And he's always been so wonderful.. I wish him nothing but the best.
I met him once, way back, at a teeny tiny festival in my teeny tiny town. Checking out some hand-spun wool, look to the side and there's Michael J Fox lol. Had a total 'wtf' moment, but also know he has/had a place in the state so it wasn't a total shock. Had some random little chit chat for half a minute and he was as nice as could be. Then I won a big, beautiful oil painting in a raffle and it was a good day lol.
I'm so glad he has been able to find silver linings through all this, he's so much stronger that I would have been in his position.

He's also an amazing an charismatic actor, here's wishing him all the best
i will always love mjf
He's such a sweet man
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