Michael J Fox has spoken out about his health and revealed that he’s had a “terrible year” because of his illness.
The Hollywood star, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of just 29, sat down with Stat News for a candid interview in which he opened up about his diagnosis and his past health scares.
As the Back to the Future star revealed, he broke multiple bones after suffering a fall in the past year. He also called the year “terrible” as he admitted he is feeling somewhat better now.
Elsewhere in the interview, Fox shared his excitement over groundbreaking research thanks to which Parkinson’s Disease might be discovered earlier in countless people.
The research, which was funded by the Michael J. Fox Foundation, found that the presence of a misfolded protein called alpha-synuclein can help determine whether someone has the life-changing disease.
While the misfolded protein can currently only be detected via a spinal tap, there are hopes that additional developments in the field will allow us to detect the protein and the illness through blood tests and nose swabs in the near future.
“This is the thing. This is the big reward. This is the big trophy,” Michael said.
The interview comes a month after Fox was spotted at the Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival where he revealed how he managed to mobilize people to work together against the unforgiving illness.
“I didn’t have a choice. This is it. I have to give everything I have, and it’s not lip service. I show up and do the best I can,” he said, People magazine reported.
“Pity is a benign form of abuse. I can feel sorry for myself, but I don’t have time for that. There is stuff to be learned from this, so let’s do that and move on.”
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