Michael J. Fox Admits It 'Sucks' Having Parkinson's Disease: 'It’s Getting Harder'

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May 6 2023, Published 6:00 a.m. ET

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Michael J. Fox is getting candid about his battle with Parkinson’s disease.

The star has been living with the incurable degenerative disease for quite some time, and it’s taking a toll on him. "It's been 30+ years; not many of us that have had this disease for 30 years," the actor told Jane Pauley in a new interview. "It sucks having Parkinson's."

"For some families, some people, it's a nightmare. It's a living hell," he added. "They have to deal with realities that are beyond most people's understandings."

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However, the Family Ties alum tries to stay positive. "My life is set up so I can pack Parkinson's along with me if I have to,” he noted.

Pauley then asked Fox a very tough question: "But at some point, Parkinson's gonna make the call for you, isn't it?"

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"Yeah, it's, it's banging on the door. Yeah, I mean, I'm not gonna lie. It's gettin' hard, it's gettin' harder. It's gettin' tougher. Every day it's tougher. But, but that's, that's the way it is. I mean, you know, who do I see about that?" he replied.

"You don’t die from Parkinson’s. You die with Parkinson’s," Fox added. "So – so I’ve been – I’ve been thinking about the mortality of it."

Fox, who shares four kids with wife Tracy Pollan, also shared how things have changed in just a five year time period.

"I can make myself still, but I won't be as animated," he said. "I can't talk, [because] I start to move."

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In 2021, Fox shared how he was doing amid his battle with the debilitating disease.

"People often think of Parkinson’s as a visual thing, but the visuals of it are nothing. On any given day, my hands could be barely shaking," Fox told AARP: The Magazine at the time.

"It’s what you can’t see — the lack of an inner gyroscope, of a sense of balance, of peripheral perception. I mean, I’m sailing a ship on stormy seas on the brightest of days," he added. "I’m really blunt with people about cures. When they ask me if I will be relieved of Parkinson’s in my lifetime, I say, 'I’m 60 years old, and science is hard. So, no.'"


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