Michael J Fox has revealed that the last year has been a “struggle” as he has suffered a series of injuries and the death of his mother, but says he remains positive about the next chapter of his life.
The 61-year-old Back to the Future star was diagnosed with juvenile-onset Parkinson’s disease in 1991 and has been raising awareness and funding research on the condition ever since.
In a new interview with People magazine, Fox talked about how his health problems have “worsened” over the past year and how his recovery is progressing.
“It got worse, I broke my cheek, then my hand, then my shoulder, I got a replacement shoulder and I broke my arm (right), then I broke my elbow,” he told the US outlet.
“I’m 61 and I feel it a little longer.”
Parkinson’s disease is a condition in which parts of the brain are progressively damaged over many years, according to the NHS website.
The three main symptoms of the condition are involuntary shaking of particular parts of the body, known as tremors, slow movements, and stiff, inflexible muscles.
Although the condition affects Fox’s movement, those around him say his injuries don’t necessarily mean his disease is progressing faster.
Fox admitted that the string of injuries affected his typically upbeat attitude, saying, “I’ve never been a really cranky guy, but I’ve gotten very cranky and short on people.
“I try to nip it in the bud. I always think of these helpers who work with me. And I often tell them, ‘Whatever I say, imagine you said’ please ‘at the beginning and’ thank you ‘at the end. Take a second and absorb the fact that I could have said it if I was more myself, but I didn’t, so I apologize. “
The former actor, who retired in 2020, said he is now “coming on” as the last of his injuries are healing.
“I am getting back to where I am constantly walking. I think it’s nice to walk alone. IS. It’s great, ”she added.
His mission now is not to fall, whether using a walker, wheelchair, cane, or “a guy with a belt around his waist holding me up”.
Earlier this month he accomplished that by walking unassisted on stage at New York Comic-Con to reunite with his Back to the Future co-star Christopher Lloyd, 84, in front of a throng of happy fans.
Fox also spoke about his late mother Phyllis, who died in September at the age of 92.
He described her as “spectacular” and said she appreciates more than ever her resilience as a military wife who cared for Fox and her four brothers while her father William served in the Canadian forces.
Reflecting on moving forward after this difficult period, he added: “It was a struggle, but I’m happy.
“I say this because I hope that at some level people can find happiness despite what they are going through.”
The former actor, who had four children with his wife and actress Tracy Pollan, said the couple had to learn to adapt in their marriage on his terms, but that they “assume the best” of each other. when times get tough.
Fox founded the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research in 2000, which raised more than $ 1.5 billion in research funding, according to People magazine.
He will be honored with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, an honorary Oscar that recognizes outstanding philanthropic efforts, at the Governors Awards on November 19 and has a documentary with Apple + in the works for next year that he says will explore him and his “different ways of look at my life “.