Michael J. Fox recently sat down with Haute Living to talk about his personal journey with Parkinson's disease and how the Foundation is helping speed progress toward a cure.
On going public with his diagnosis, Michael shared how acceptance was not resignation and why it's important for him to keep a positive outlook on life with Parkinson's:
"I can accept something for what it is and then beyond that move on to rectify that, remedy it, or change it in some way. I have accepted to acknowledge it…
The diagnosis is not the experience. It's partly about Parkinson's or all about Parkinson's or Parkinson's three days a week, and then you find a place to be by yourself and things to do with your family or something. It's not a concrete sentence…
I realized it was a real awakening to me because I had been kind of keeping this secret. I was diagnosed 25 years ago, and I was only supposed to work for another 10 years. I was supposed to be pretty much disabled by now. I'm far from it."
When talking about overcoming scientific hurdles to find a cure:
Fox admits that the goal to end Parkinson's may be a lofty one. He's seen some progress in the past 16 years. "Biology is really hard, and you come into these things and say, 'Let's wrap this up in five years.' And then you realize if you wrap this up in 25 years, then you're doing great. So we're trying to get things in the pipeline that may be curative and therapeutic to a point where that would resemble a cure. If we can halt progression and diminish symptoms, then I'll take that."
Hear more from Michael about living in the public eye with Parkinson's and the work of the Foundation by reading the full story here.