Michael J. Fox Refuses To Give Up Despite ‘Intense Pain’ From Parkinson’s – ‘I’m Not Going Anywhere’
Michael J. Fox is not giving up despite battling Parkinson's disease for over thirty years, saying "I'm not going anywhere."
The Hollywood star Michael J. Fox of “Family Ties” and Back To The Future fame has been battling Parkinson’s disease for over thirty years. Despite the fact that he is constantly in “intense pain” from this unforgiving disease, he wants the world to know that he is not giving up.
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‘I’m In Intense Pain’
In his upcoming documentary Still, Fox opened up about the tremors that have become increasingly visible during his appearances.
“I’m in intense pain. Each tremor is like a seismic jolt,” Fox, 61, said in the movie, according to Fox News.
Fox recently elaborated on this in an interview with The Sunday Times, saying, “It’s not so much pain from the movement, but from the not moving. It’s when you freeze, and in that freezing that not-movement becomes infused with all this energy and it becomes this burning, impending thing that never happens.”
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Fox Doesn’t Want Sympathy
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That being said, Fox isn’t interested in getting sympathy for himself.
“I don’t want to get the violins out” he continued. “I’ve broken my hand, my elbow, my humerus, my other humerus, my shoulder, my face and some other s— too. And all that stuff is amplified by the electricity of the tremors.”
“So, yes, it hurts a lot,” he added. “But what you learn is that nobody gives a s—. It’s just life. It doesn’t matter. You suck it up and you move on. And there might be a story to tell in it. But only that. There’s no chit that you can present to a window for a refund.”
Fox went on to say that though his goal is to live his life with joy, “What has made my life richer and more authentic as time has gone on is being really honest about the pain, and what it really has taken, and what has been lost.”
Fox was only 29 years-old when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s back in 1991, a time in which he was at the height of his fame. He continues to deal with the disease to this day, saying that “the depression is [not] so deep that I’m going to injure myself … it always comes back to a place where I go, ‘Well, there’s more to celebrate in my life than there is to mourn.’ The pain speaks for itself. You either tolerate it or you don’t. And I’m not going anywhere.”
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Fox Believes He Doesn’t Have Many Years Left
Last month, Fox admitted in another interview that he doesn’t have much time left to live.
“My life is set up so … I can pack Parkinson’s along with me if I have to,” Fox told CBS News. “[Parkinson’s] banging on the door… I’m not going to lie, it’s getting hard. It’s getting harder. It’s getting tougher. Every day it’s tougher … that’s the way it is. I mean, you know, who do I see about that?”
“You don’t die from Parkinson’s. You die with Parkinson’s,” he continued. “I’ve been thinking about the mortality of it.… I’m not going to be 80. I’m not going to be 80.”
Actor Michael J. Fox, 61, was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s disease in 1991 when he was just 29. Fox tells Jane Pauley that dealing with the incurable disease is getting more challenging, and he can’t imagine living until he’s 80. More this 'Sunday Morning.' pic.twitter.com/hE7KeTiDUi
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Fox launched the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research in 2000, and it has since raised over $1.5 billion for Parkinson’s research. God bless him for turning the negative of having to fight this disease into such a positive with the way he helps others with it!