Michael J. Fox opens up about Parkinson's battle: 'I’m sailing a ship on stormy seas on the brightest of days'

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Michael J. Fox has opened up about his ongoing battle with Parkinson's - 30 years after his life-changing diagnosis.

The 60-year-old Back To The Future star spoke candidly about his three-decade health battle in a new interview with AARP Magazine, revealing that doctors had originally told him that his career would end just 10 years after the diagnosis.

"The doctor who diagnosed me in 1991 told me I had 10 years left of work," Fox said.

However, this was not the case, as the beloved actor went on to star in 103 episodes of Spin City, make guest appearances in shows like Scrubs and Curb Your Enthusiasm, and most recently he appeared in two episodes of the CBS legal drama, The Good Fight.

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Speaking about his ability to maintain his career amid his health battle, Fox said: "I’m kind of a freak. It’s weird that I’ve done as well as I have for as long as I have."

However, Fox detailed how his battle with Parkinson's is not purely based on visual symptoms - but what people cannot see.

"People often think of Parkinson’s as a visual thing, but the visuals of it are nothing," he said. "On any given day, my hands could be barely shaking or they could be... 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."

Fox went on to explain how he still considers himself "lucky", despite his diagnosis. The Family Ties star explained that he has been "really lucky" to be able to keep working, and that his experience is incomparable to many people who are forced to quit their jobs following their diagnosis.

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Fox first went public with his battle with the neurodegenerative disorder back in 1998.

In 2000, the actor launched the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's research, which is "dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson's disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson's today".

However, despite saying in a recent interview with Variety that he "won't stop" fighting to find a cure for the disease, he admits in his recent interview with AARP Magazine that he will not live long enough to be "relieved of Parkinson’s".

"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,'" he said.

Nevertheless, Fox said: "I am genuinely a happy guy. I don’t have a morbid thought in my head – I don’t fear death. At all."

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Michael J. Fox opens up about Parkinson's battle: 'I’m sailing a ship on stormy seas on the brightest of days'

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By stefan armitage

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Michael J. Fox has opened up about his ongoing battle with Parkinson's - 30 years after his life-changing diagnosis.

The 60-year-old Back To The Future star spoke candidly about his three-decade health battle in a new interview with AARP Magazine, revealing that doctors had originally told him that his career would end just 10 years after the diagnosis.

"The doctor who diagnosed me in 1991 told me I had 10 years left of work," Fox said.

However, this was not the case, as the beloved actor went on to star in 103 episodes of Spin City, make guest appearances in shows like Scrubs and Curb Your Enthusiasm, and most recently he appeared in two episodes of the CBS legal drama, The Good Fight.

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Speaking about his ability to maintain his career amid his health battle, Fox said: "I’m kind of a freak. It’s weird that I’ve done as well as I have for as long as I have."

However, Fox detailed how his battle with Parkinson's is not purely based on visual symptoms - but what people cannot see.

"People often think of Parkinson’s as a visual thing, but the visuals of it are nothing," he said. "On any given day, my hands could be barely shaking or they could be... 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."

Fox went on to explain how he still considers himself "lucky", despite his diagnosis. The Family Ties star explained that he has been "really lucky" to be able to keep working, and that his experience is incomparable to many people who are forced to quit their jobs following their diagnosis.

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Credit: Sipa US / Alamy

Fox first went public with his battle with the neurodegenerative disorder back in 1998.

In 2000, the actor launched the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's research, which is "dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson's disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson's today".

However, despite saying in a recent interview with Variety that he "won't stop" fighting to find a cure for the disease, he admits in his recent interview with AARP Magazine that he will not live long enough to be "relieved of Parkinson’s".

"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,'" he said.

Nevertheless, Fox said: "I am genuinely a happy guy. I don’t have a morbid thought in my head – I don’t fear death. At all."

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