Michael J Fox has made a heartbreaking confession about his long battle with Parkinson’s disease, and revealed a shocking health scare he had previously kept secret.
The beloved Hollywood actor was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease when he was 29 years old in 1991, and went public with his diagnosis in 1998.
Now 62, Fox has opened up about his health and shared that it “wouldn’t be unheard of” if he were to lose his battle with the disease in the near future.
“One day I’ll run out of gas,” he told Town & Country. “One day I’ll just say, ‘It’s not going to happen. I’m not going out today.’ If that comes, I’ll allow myself that. I’m 62 years old. Certainly, if I were to pass away tomorrow, it would be premature, but it wouldn’t be unheard of. And so, no, I don’t fear that.”
Fox has battled numerous health problems over the last decade.
In 2018, he underwent surgery after doctors discovered he had a tumour near his spine. At the time, he was told he may never walk again. However, after several months of rehabilitation he learned to walk again only to end up breaking his arm months later.
Since then, Fox has had several further injuries, including battling an infection in his hand and “almost losing it” as a result.
“My hand got infected and then I almost lost it,” he revealed. “It was a tsunami of misfortune.”
Earlier this year, in an interview with CBS Sunday Morning, the actor said that falling “is a big killer with Parkinson’s. Falling and aspirating food and getting pneumonia — all these subtle ways that get you.
He went on to admit that he doesn’t seem himself still being alive for another two decades, despite his will to survive.
“You don’t die from Parkinson’s; you die with Parkinson’s,” added the iconic star. “So I’ve been thinking of the mortality of it. I’m not going to be 80. I’m not going to 80.”