Michael J. Fox continues to face new health challenges amid his 30-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.
That Return to the future star said People magazine that over the past year, “I broke my cheek, then my hand, then my shoulder, they put in a new shoulder and I broke my [right] arm, then I broke my elbow. I am 61 years old and I feel a little more.
Fox admitted: “It got worse” from where it was in 2020, and that period was no picnic. At the time, in addition to the challenges she faces with the neurodegenerative disorder, including tremors, stiffness, cognitive problems, and mood swings, she underwent risky surgery to remove a benign spinal cord tumor. Her recovery included learning to walk again. As she was getting back on her feet, she fell and broke her arm, requiring another operation to insert 19 pins and a plate.
“I am going through where the last of my wounds are healing; My arm is fine.” Family ties Y revolving city alum told about his current state recovering from injuries as well as injuries. “Life is interesting. It gives you these things.”
Fox, who has raised more than $1.5 billion for Parkinson’s research through his Michael J. Fox Foundation, said his “full mission” now is: “Do not fall. So whatever works to keep me from falling, whether it’s a walker or a wheelchair, a cane, a guy with a belt around my waist holding onto it, I use all those tools.” He was proud to be able to walk unassisted across a stage to the recent meeting with Return to the future co-star Christopher Lloyd earlier this month. He said, “I’m getting to where I’m walking again.”
The article notes that while Fox’s Parkinson’s disease, which Fox was diagnosed with in 1991, affects his movement, his new injuries don’t necessarily mean his disease is progressing any faster. He has been unlucky in some cases, for example, she got an infection after the operation on her broken hand. So not being able to use the hand led to falls. It’s been a journey, and one that has shaken his optimism.
“I was never really a grumpy guy, but I got really grumpy and cut people off,” Fox said. “I try to nip it in the bud. I always think of these helpers who work with me. And many times I tell them, “Whatever I say, imagine I said ‘please’ at the beginning and ‘thank you’ at the end. Just take a moment and take in that maybe I would have said that if I was more myself, but I didn’t, so I apologize.
He said it has been a challenge for his wife of 34 years, Tracy Pollan.
“It took me a while to understand that it wasn’t just about me,” he said. “If I break my arm, I’m dealing with my broken arm. But if you’re the person who lives with, loves and supports the person with the broken arm, you have to do everything.”
But his optimism still shines through despite his challenges.
“It’s been a struggle, but I’m happy,” he said. “I say that because I hope that, on some level, people can find happiness despite what they are going through.”
Fox appears on the cover of the magazine’s Kindness issue. Pollan, with whom she shares four children, told the magazine that even on her toughest days, Fox is “one of the kindest people I’ve ever met.”
Fox officially retired in 2020, saying that not being able to speak reliably was a deal breaker. The good wife The actor said the decision was made after he couldn’t remember his lines while filming on the set of designated survivors starring Kiefer Sutherland.
“I couldn’t focus on just one line,” he said. “I didn’t hit myself. I couldn’t do it, so I didn’t do it anymore.”
With that being said, you will continue to watch it. He is working on an AppleTV+ documentary about his life in 2023. He will also receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, an honorary Oscar that recognizes outstanding philanthropic efforts, at the Governors Awards on November 19.