Michael J. Fox has been one of the world’s most beloved actors for more than three decades. In the 1980’s the star of mega-hit Back to the Future was living the hollywood high-life but then in 1991 tragedy struck.
He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 1991 – a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system – which, he explains, sent his life into a downward spiral.
I’d been drinking too much and cruising along the fast lane before that, but the diagnosis made me an even bigger idiot. My boozing, the subsequent depression, and my increasing pain isolated me from my wife Tracy and my son, Sam Michael. I hit rock bottom.”
Michael, 49, is married to actress Tracy Pollan and the couple have 4 children: Sam Michael , 21, twins Aquinnah Kathleen and Schuyler Frances, 15, and 9 year old Esmé Annabelle. For the sake of his family he felt compelled to change the way he was living.
And so I turned myself around. In fact, Parkinson’s has made me a better person. A better husband, father and overall human being.”
Parkinson’s Disease impairs motor skills, causing involuntary muscle tremors and shaking, stiffness in limbs and slow movement and difficulties with speech, but Michael refused to be overwhelmed.
Life delivered me a catastrophe, but I found a richness of soul. I owe it to Parkinson’s, no doubt about that.”