Michael J Fox on dealing with Parkinson’s disease: I was harassed by the paparazzi

Michael J Fox has had Parkinson’s for 30 years. (photo/via @realmikejfox)


Michael J Fox has had Parkinson’s for 30 years. (photo/via @realmikejfox)


Back to the Future star Michael J Fox says he decided to open up about his Parkinson’s disease diagnosis after being constantly “hecked” by the paparazzi. The Emmy-winning actor, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1991, said things have been “very good” ever since he shared his health condition with the world in 1997.

“Seven or eight years after my diagnosis…[and]the paparazzi and stuff, they would stand outside my apartment and yell at me, like ‘What’s the matter with you?’ I said, ‘I can’t tell my neighbors to deal with this,’ so I came out, and it was great. It was a great thing,” Fox told Entertainment Tonight.

“It was a big surprise to me that people responded the way they did. They responded with interest in wanting to find an answer to the disease, and then I saw it as a great opportunity. I got involved. Not in a situation to ruin it,” he said.

Since sharing his battle with Parkinson’s, the actor has emerged as an inspiration to many battling the disease.

However, Fox said that he does not work towards becoming a kind of symbol for the people. The actor said that for him, Parkinson is now “who I am” and he tries to pick up on every day as it comes.

“I’ve had Parkinson’s for 30 years… I think it’s part of my life, what it is and who I am and it’s a struggle sometimes. I’m not going to lie, get up and get ready It’s really hard and get out into the world (some days). There are days that suck. (But there’s) just a sense that I’ll get through this. At any moment, you have a choice: I’ll take this moment Can’t get through or I can get through this moment,” he said.

Fox will celebrate 20 years of its Michael J. Fox Foundation on Saturday with a star-studded benefit that will include performances from Sting and Brad Paisley. The foundation has so far raised over USD 1 billion for Parkinson’s research.

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