Michael J. Fox shares heartbreaking health update: 'It got worse'

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Michael J. Fox has provided his fans with an update on his health amid his ongoing battle with Parkinson's.

The beloved 61-year-old star recently hit headlines and left fans emotional after reuniting with his Back To The Future co-star, Christopher Lloyd.

The two actors were seen embracing on stage as they made a rare appearance together at New York Comic Con earlier this month - 37 years after the first Back To The Future movie hit movie theaters.

Watch the incredible reunion here:

Despite the heartwarming moment, comments sections and Twitter threads were inundated with Fox fans voicing their concern for the actor's health and well-being.

Fox was first diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disorder back in 1991 when he was just 29 years old. After going public with his battle with the disease in 1998, the beloved actor launched the Michael J. Fox Foundation in 2000, 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".

Now, in an interview with PEOPLE, Fox has revealed that he has faced a turbulent year of bone breaks and recovery.

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In his 2019 memoir, the Teen Wolf star had previously documented difficult periods in his life in which he struggled with his health, such as undergoing a 2018 spinal-cord surgery to remove a tumor and then having to recover from a broken arm.

Now, Fox tells PEOPLE: "It got worse."

Candidly recalling the last year, Fox told the publication: "I broke my cheek, then my hand, then my shoulder, had a replacement shoulder put in and broke my [right] arm, then I broke my elbow.

"I'm 61 years old, and I'm feeling it a little bit more."

PEOPLE reports that those close to Fox insist that the actor's recent troubles don't necessarily mean his Parkinson's disease is progressing at a faster rate.

Nevertheless, the normally upbeat Fox admits that his recent injuries have hampered his outlook on life, saying: "I was never really a cranky guy, but I got very cranky and short with people.

"I try to nip it in the bud. I always think of these aides who work with me. And I often say to them, 'Whatever I say, just imagine I said please at the beginning and thank you at the end. Just take a second and absorb that I might have said that if I was more myself, but I didn't, so I apologize.'"

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In an interview with AARP Magazine last year, Fox stated that his diagnosis meant he was "sailing a ship on stormy seas on the brightest of days".

He added: "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 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."

Fox also acknowledged that it is unlikely he will ever live long enough to see a cure for the disease, saying: "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.;"

Nevertheless, the actor insisted that he is "genuinely a happy guy" who doesn't "have a morbid thought in [his] head".

"I don’t fear death. At all," Fox said.

Featured image credit: Erik Pendzich / Alamy

Michael J. Fox shares heartbreaking health update: 'It got worse'

vt-author-image

By stefan armitage

Article saved!Article saved!

Michael J. Fox has provided his fans with an update on his health amid his ongoing battle with Parkinson's.

The beloved 61-year-old star recently hit headlines and left fans emotional after reuniting with his Back To The Future co-star, Christopher Lloyd.

The two actors were seen embracing on stage as they made a rare appearance together at New York Comic Con earlier this month - 37 years after the first Back To The Future movie hit movie theaters.

Watch the incredible reunion here:

Despite the heartwarming moment, comments sections and Twitter threads were inundated with Fox fans voicing their concern for the actor's health and well-being.

Fox was first diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disorder back in 1991 when he was just 29 years old. After going public with his battle with the disease in 1998, the beloved actor launched the Michael J. Fox Foundation in 2000, 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".

Now, in an interview with PEOPLE, Fox has revealed that he has faced a turbulent year of bone breaks and recovery.

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Credit: Sipa US / Alamy

In his 2019 memoir, the Teen Wolf star had previously documented difficult periods in his life in which he struggled with his health, such as undergoing a 2018 spinal-cord surgery to remove a tumor and then having to recover from a broken arm.

Now, Fox tells PEOPLE: "It got worse."

Candidly recalling the last year, Fox told the publication: "I broke my cheek, then my hand, then my shoulder, had a replacement shoulder put in and broke my [right] arm, then I broke my elbow.

"I'm 61 years old, and I'm feeling it a little bit more."

PEOPLE reports that those close to Fox insist that the actor's recent troubles don't necessarily mean his Parkinson's disease is progressing at a faster rate.

Nevertheless, the normally upbeat Fox admits that his recent injuries have hampered his outlook on life, saying: "I was never really a cranky guy, but I got very cranky and short with people.

"I try to nip it in the bud. I always think of these aides who work with me. And I often say to them, 'Whatever I say, just imagine I said please at the beginning and thank you at the end. Just take a second and absorb that I might have said that if I was more myself, but I didn't, so I apologize.'"

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Credit: Sipa US / Alamy

In an interview with AARP Magazine last year, Fox stated that his diagnosis meant he was "sailing a ship on stormy seas on the brightest of days".

He added: "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 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."

Fox also acknowledged that it is unlikely he will ever live long enough to see a cure for the disease, saying: "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.;"

Nevertheless, the actor insisted that he is "genuinely a happy guy" who doesn't "have a morbid thought in [his] head".

"I don’t fear death. At all," Fox said.

Featured image credit: Erik Pendzich / Alamy