Michael J. Fox Admits Struggle with Parkinson’s Disease Intensifies

In a candid CBS Sunday Morning interview with Jane Pauley, Michael J. Fox opens up about the escalating difficulties of living with Parkinson’s disease, which he was diagnosed with at the age of 29. Now 62, Fox shares, “It’s banging on the door… It’s gettin’ hard, it’s gettin’ harder. It’s gettin’ tougher. Every day it’s tougher.” Despite these challenges, his optimism remains unshaken.

Fox has been a significant advocate for Parkinson’s research, contributing through his foundation to significant scientific advancements, including identifying a biogenetic marker for early diagnosis and treatment. However, he doesn’t shy away from discussing the realities of his condition and its impacts on his health, such as spinal surgery complications and repeated injuries from falls.

He poignantly reflects on his mortality: “I’ve been thinking about the mortality of it… I’m not gonna be 80.” He emphasizes, “You don’t die from Parkinson’s. You die with Parkinson’s.”

Apart from his health struggles, Fox’s story is also one of immense gratitude, particularly towards his wife, Tracy Pollan. “I can be optimistic as long as I’m grateful,” he stated in a recent interview about his documentary, *Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie*, set to release on Apple TV+ on May 12.