Author: Matthys Pretorius
Michael Fox continues to work hard amidst his battle with Parkinson’s disease. The Canadian-American actor’s condition seems to be getting worse, as reported by Native Culture.
Fox, 56, who rose to prominence in the early 1980’s, began his fight with Parkinson’s disease in the later 90’s. In 1991, he started developing symptoms of early-onset Parkinson’s disease while filming Doc Hollywood. He was not properly diagnosed until the following year.
His diagnosis left him shocked and devastated. He started drinking heavily after the diagnosis, according to Native Culture. But he came to terms with his condition later. He stopped drinking and asked for help. The Back to the Future actor kept his disease from public knowledge for several years. He disclosed his condition to the public in 1998.
Two years later, he was already semi-retired from acting. Although it’s tremendously difficult to live with Parkinson’s disease, Fox has said that he remains positive. He even used his star power to raise awareness about the disease by establishing the Michael j.
Fox Foundation. Fox went out of his way to help other people afflicted with Parkinson’s disease. His effort didn’t go unrecognized. On March 5, 2010, Sweden’s Karolinska Institute awarded him an honoris causa doctorate. He received the award in recognition of his work in advocating for a cure for Parkinson’s disease.
Citing unnamed sources, Native Culture reported that Fox’s condition is taking a turn for the worse. The actor has been experiencing movement and slight speech-related symptoms. The disease has started to severely affect his body and mind. Fox slurs too much when he talks as of late, according to some sources.
One of his feet has become unresponsive also. He had to be assisted at a recent event because he couldn’t move around on his own.
“It was heartbreaking,” Native Culture quoted an unnamed friend of Michael’s as saying. “But as the disease takes its toll on his body, even he is beginning to see that his battle is a losing one.”