Michael J. Fox Appreciates Fans' Outpouring Support Amid Battle With Parkinson's Disease
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Reflecting on receiving a standing ovation at the 2024 BAFTA Awards back in February, the 'Back to the Future' actor says he sees it as 'recognition of determination and resolve to solve the big problem.'

AceShowbiz - Michael J. Fox has opened up about his battle with Parkinson's disease and the profound impact it has had on his life. Diagnosed in 1991 at age 29, Fox says he approaches his condition as an opportunity for optimism and determination to find a cure.

Fox was recently honored with a standing ovation at the 2024 BAFTA Awards. He expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support, which he sees as a recognition of his unwavering commitment to combating the disease and empowering others. "People are just saying, 'Thanks for hanging in there,' and I appreciate that," he said.

Despite his physical challenges, Fox maintains a positive outlook. "My life has been a great ride and it continues to be," he shared. "Through all the challenges, it comes with all the good stuff."

Fox's health update includes a frank assessment of his condition. "After 35 years with Parkinson's, this is just my life," he said. "I'm necessarily trying to figure it out for me, I'm figuring it out for everybody."

Fox credits the creation of the Michael J. Fox Foundation as a beacon of hope for those living with Parkinson's. "I think people see me as somebody who's doing something," he said. The foundation funds research to develop groundbreaking treatments and support care centers.

Fox's resilience has been tested by numerous health setbacks beyond Parkinson's. In 2018, a spinal tumor threatened to paralyze him, followed by a fall that broke his arm. "It was a tsunami of misfortune," he recalled.

Despite these challenges, Fox remains realistic about his prognosis. "I'm not going to be 80," he said. However, he approaches death with a sense of acceptance, saying, "If that comes, I'll allow myself that."

Michael J. Fox continues to inspire with his vulnerability and unwavering spirit. His message of hope and determination resonates with millions who are impacted by chronic illnesses.

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