Actor Michael J. Fox, who has a new television show, is speaking out on his battle with Parkinson’s disease.
The actor said he would never “fix” himself and not have the disease if he was given the chance. Very inspiring!
Fox still told Rolling Stone magazine, “If I walked into a room with God or Buddha or Bill Gates or Sergey Brin or whoever could figure out a way to fix it for me, I don’t think I’d do it. Because I wouldn’t have gone through what I’ve gone through and I wouldn’t have had the experience I’ve had, and I can still do my s**t. At the end of the day I can still do a show. So what have I lost?”
“The point is, we all have our bag of hammers. We all have our own s**t. It’s like the parable about this circle of people and everyone takes their worst problem and puts it in the middle and they all get to choose one to take back – and they all end up choosing their own. And that’s kind of it. You’d always take your own problems back over someone else’s.”
The former “Family Ties” actor adds, “The bottom line of this whole f–king thing is that it’s better. My life is better than it was, because I have access to these truths and access to these moments where I give myself a break and just go, ‘F–k it.’ That’s the source of all this wisdom that’s attributed to me. … It’s like I just took an a– kicking and remembered the boots were kicking me.”
The actor said he wasn’t always so accepting of his disease. He actually started drinking very heavily to escape the reality of his situation.
He said, “I was at a loss as to how to deal with it. The idea of, ‘Did I suck this woman into a bum deal and have a kid right away and then fall into this situation?’ It was much easier to have a buzz going and not deal with the reality of it.”
Fox had tied the knot with his “Family Ties” co-star Tracy Pollan just three years before his diagnosis, and welcoming their first son, Sam, 24, shortly after. They now have four children together.
Michael J. Fox told Howard Stern in an interview that he initially coped by “drinking heavily…alone and every day.”
These days Fox has made the return to television as the lead in his sitcom “The Michael J. Fox Show”. This actually looks pretty darn good. The show also features Betsy Brandt, who most of us know as Hank’s wife Marie in “Breaking Bad”.
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