Michael J. Fox discusses ‘mortality’ as he gives heartbreaking update on Parkinsons battle

Michael J. Fox has admitted he doesn't expect to reach his 80th birthday due to his ongoing battle with Parkinson's disease.

The Back To The Future star, 61, discussed his health in a candid interview which included the topic of his death.

He was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s back in 1991 at the age of just 29 years old. He opted to keep the disease private until going public with it nine years later.

Michael has spent decades campaigning, raising awareness and funds for the condition.

He is now embarking on a number of interviews to discuss how his life has been impacted by Parkinson’s.

A preview of his CBS Sunday Morning interview has shown him stating: "My life is set up so… I can pack Parkinson's along with me if I have to.”

In the clip, the actor explains the disease made him reassess his approach to life.

"You don’t die from Parkinson's. You die with Parkinson’s,” he explains.

But he does go on to say that those living with the disease are at risk of injuries, such as falling, choking, or getting sick with a cold which can, in turn, prove fatal.

The interview then turned to his own death. He said: "I've been thinking about the mortality of it… I’m not gonna be 80."

When Michael was diagnosed with Parkinson's he only had a "twitch" in his little finger.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation is aiming to improve the lives of others at risk of the disease – including new ways to detect and treat Parkinson’s.

He said: “The idea of a biomarker… a way to identify the disease before the disease is present. By the time I was diagnosed, I had a little twitch in my pinky but…with this, we can identify the disease really early and help progression and essentially cure ahead of the game."

Before the interview ended, Michael described each day as getting "harder" and "tougher".

A documentary titled Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie is set to be released on Apple TV+ next month. It will show the Hollywood actor exploring and discussing his condition.

The documentary will see Michael discuss how his wife, Tracy Pollan, reacted when he got his diagnosis. He recalls how she had whispered "in sickness and in health" on hearing the news.

Michael and Tracy met on the set of "Family Ties" in 1985 and now share four children together; a son named Sam, twin daughters Aquinnah Kathleen and Schuyler Frances, and another daughter named Esmé Annabelle.


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