Despite his foundation raising over $1,000,000,000 towards finding a cure for Parkinson's Disease and helping those who have been diagnosed, Michael J. Fox has revealed that he doesn't expect a cure for the debilitating disease in his lifetime.
Michael spoke with AARP a year after the release of his book, No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality. In both the book and interview, Fox discussed mortality, health, and hope in the face of decades’ worth of obstacles.
“As I wrote in my latest book, I’m now out of the lemonade business,” he said in a recent interview. “I’m really blunt with people about cures. When they ask me if I will be relieved of Parkinson’s in my lifetime, I say, ‘I’m 60 years old, and science is hard. So, no.'”
He then went on to describe how Parkinson's takes on a few forms.
“It’s weird that I’ve done as well as I have for as long as I have.” He added, “People often think of Parkinson’s as a visual thing, but the visuals of it are nothing. On any given day, my hands could be barely shaking or they could be [flailing].”
“It’s what you can’t see,” that Fox says makes up the continuous battle that is Parkinson’s disease, “the lack of an inner gyroscope, of a sense of balance, of peripheral perception. I mean, I’m sailing a ship on stormy seas on the brightest of days.”
Fox continued “If you don’t think you have anything to be grateful for, keep looking. Because you don’t just receive optimism. You can’t wait for things to be great and then be grateful for that. You’ve got to behave in a way that promotes that.”
Love Michael's continued optimisim and his great work toward the disease.