Is Michael J.Fox Losing His Battle Against Parkinson’s?
Rumours have been circulating again recently that Michael J. Fox is losing his battle against Parkinson’s. But, is there any truth to these claims?
Fox was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson’s disease in 1991. He only disclosed his condition in 1998.
The Promise of The Michael J. Fox Foundation
Since then the famously funny actor created a non-profit foundation to focus on finding a cure to Parkinson’s disease while still continuing to lead a productive personal and professional life. He’s also undertaken that funding on this research will not end until a cure for the disease has been found.
In 2016, Fox told the Home of the Daily and Sunday Express that, “once you accept it and you learn about it and you realise you’re part of a community and you realise you’re in a position to do something and to make a difference and to help, well then it’s just like, quit your b***hin’ and get on with it.”
His incredible zest for life, work and persistence has always helped him to continuously fight back. Fox’s message has always been one of gratitude hope and encouragement. As well as, to help advance the pursuit of a cure.
In the past year various media reports have suggested Fox’s health is now declining to the extent he could soon be wheel-chair bound. Indeed the hearts of many were broken when LTC News in 2016 announced that Fox was seen struggling to get in and out of his car. Reports suggested his speech had also become increasingly slurred.
So Will Michael J. Fox Win The Battle?
The media is known to sensationalize matters regarding celebrities. Fox recently demanded on social media that he receive an apology from the Globe after they posted an article creating doubt around Fox’s health and mental well-being.
Recent story in the Globe re my health and state of mind went viral. Disturbing and total B.S. The Globe apologizes. pic.twitter.com/5ZDgUNrYKe
— Michael J. Fox (@realmikefox) April 29, 2016
According to ABC News and LTC News Fox is well aware that his condition is likely to deteriorate to the extent he will require supervision and help with daily activities.
Claims That Fox Is ‘Preparing To Die’ Are Media Constructs
However, the claims stating that he is ‘preparing to die’ or ‘losing hope’ appear to be entirely media constructs. What’s certain is that the courageous actor continues to work and maintain a positive attitude which drives his search for a cure.
“I’ve been able to do a lot of work. And what’s great about it is I wouldn’t be still until I couldn’t be still. The subtle twist has made it a new experience. Whether it’s been better or worse is not for me to say, but it’s certainly different. And that’s all you can ask for in your 50’s, that you’d be doing something different,” said by Michael J. Fox in 2016 about his role in Louis Canning’s “The Good Wife.”