Michael J. Fox, the celebrated actor who made out childhood cooler with movies like Back to The Future, recently declared he often laughs when thinking about his condition. As you might know, Michael J. Fox has diagnosed 26 years ago with Parkinson’s Disease, a degenerative neurological condition.
The actor first talked about his condition in 1998, in the hopes that he will raise awareness among the public. And now, after 26 years, Michael J. Fox is stepping up again to talk about what it’s really like to cope with this condition in a rather humorous way.
When asked what is like to live with one of the disease’s telltale symptoms, the hand tremor, Fox recalled a rather humorous event involving his wife and a cup of coffee. As the condition progresses, menial tasks like holding a glass of water or eating with cutlery become increasingly difficult due to the tremors.
Fox recalls that one day, his wife asks him to bring her a cup of coffee from the kitchen. The actor said that half-way to the living room, the hand in which he held his wife’s coffee mug started shaking uncontrollably. As a result, he ended up spilling the contents of the cup before reaching his wife.
Jokingly, Michael J. Fox said that he looked into his wife’s eyes and told her “Here’s your coffee, honey!”. Lately, Fox declared, most of the things related to his condition seem amusing. In fact, Fox stated that there are times when he can’t contain his laughter when thinking about Parkinson’s disease.
Although Fox’s perspective on Parkinson’s is, without a doubt, a healthy one, since he chose to see humor in it, the negative aspect of living with Parkinson’s is that, in time, it can lead to all manners of severe ramifications such as dementia, MS atrophy, slowed cognitive processing speed, hallucinations, and even delusions.
According to a statistic released in 2013 by the World Health Organization, approximately 50 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the condition. Among celebrities, David Phinney and Muhammad Ali have also admitted to suffering from Parkinson’s Disease.
Unfortunately, the exact cause that triggers this condition remains unknown. As for treatment, researchers have discovered that a combination of medication (Levodopa, dopamine agonists, MAO-B inhibitors), surgery (deep brain stimulation), and physical therapy have yielded modest results.
Michael J. Fox was recently asked to play the role of a newsreader which tries to overcome his Parkinson’s in order to rebuild his declining career.
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