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April 15, 2010

LKL Blog exclusive: Five questions for Michael J. Fox

Posted: 03:38 PM ET

Michael J. Fox is an award-winning actor, activist, and New York Times bestselling author.  He’s also a high school drop-out who’s earned a Ph.D. in real life.  Michael shares his hard-earned wisdom in the new book:  A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FUTURE:  TWISTS AND TURNS AND LESSONS LEARNED – which is perfectly timed for the graduation season. 

He talked about the book, his on-going battle with Parkinson’s, and other topics as he answered "5 Questions" for the LKL Blog.  

LKL Blog:  If readers could take away just one thing from your new book, what do you most hope that would be?

Michael J. Fox: Well, it’s that education is great but that if you think it’s going to be the blueprint for you life to follow for a desired or expected outcome, then you’re wrong.  Life is really what happens when stuff goes wrong.  And you find yourself able to rise to the occasion and learn from new opportunities that come out of losses.  It’s just – hang on and enjoy.

LKL Blog:  Besides your own, what’s your favorite book and what’s the appeal of it for you?

Fox:  Oh, boy.  There are so many books that I love.  I’m just going off the top of my head here, but probably “All of the Pretty Horses.”  Just because McCarthy is such a brilliant writer.  There’s a great line in there and I’m not going to get the quote right, but the young protagonist is talking to this woman in Mexico, this older kind of woman, and she said, ‘Whatever it is, you never get it.’  Whatever that prize is, you’re never going to get it.  It’s never going to happen because you’ll realize it’s not what you thought it would be. 

So it ties into something I learned at one point in my life and that I’ve really taken to heart, which is that your happiness grows in direct proportion to your acceptance and an inverse proportion to your expectations.  It’s really about acceptance. 

LKL Blog:  It’s been said that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.  Do you agree or disagree with that and why?

Fox:  You know I quote in the book, I quote [retired basketball coach] John Wooden and he’s great, he says, ‘It’s what you learn after you already know everything that really matters.’  And that’s what it is.  I mean, a lot of knowledge is probably worse than a little knowledge because it’s all fluid.  I mean, no matter how much you know, expect to learn more and more.  And know that your truth may not be somebody else’s truth.  So you have to be willing to change the way you look at things and you can learn from other people’s knowledge and it may give you something new.

LKL Blog:  You were last on Larry King Live about a year ago, what’s changed in your life since that appearance in terms of your Parkinson’s disease, which in your book you call, ‘the gift that keeps on taking?’

Fox:  It’s given me such perspective.  I’ve had so many opportunities in my life and Parkinson’s itself has really pushed me in new directions and asked of me things I wouldn’t have had the wisdom to ask of myself.  In terms of how I am, I did an interview a few minutes ago, and I was so shaky I could barely speak and get words out.  It’s so distinct; it’s like being shaken by a four-year-old.  Like when you’re trying to talk and your kid is pulling at your pant leg.  But then 15 minutes later, the pills kick in and I’m fine.  I can speak and I can think.  So it comes back to me that I have to remind people that I can talk lucidly and coherently and that I’m still feeling good.  But that’s not my natural state.  That’s because of my medication.  My natural state, if I let things follow their own course, is that I’d be tremulous, I could be almost frozen, I can have a hard time speaking, have a hard time expressing myself.  It’s pretty much the same as it was last year, it’s pretty much the same as it was five years ago. 

LKL Blog:  Last question.  What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from your parents that you hope to pass on to your own kids?

Fox:  So many things.  My parents – it was so much different for them than it was for me.  My parents grew up in a generation that was born into the depression and grew up during the war.  And so you tend to get something from them where they go, ‘This is nothing.’  I mean, they’ve been through a lot.  They were risk adverse because they had to be.  And you can take that two ways: you can grow up with that same aversion to risk; or you can say I have opportunities that they didn’t have and if I can take up the chances to realize them, it’s worth it.  

And so the message they chose to give to me from that was one of courage and one of put yourself out there and enjoy life.  And appreciate your family, your friends and those around you.  And have respect for people.  Don’t judge unless you want to be judged yourself.  Go out and celebrate life.  That’s what I got from them.

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Smith in Oregon   April 15th, 2010 4:28 pm ET

Thank you Michael J. Fox for all the great memory's over the years in your Hollywood career and special projects. Keeping fighting Michael J. Fox, I wish you well.


LacrosseMom   April 15th, 2010 8:07 pm ET

We love you, Michael J. Fox! Thank you for your courage! God bless!


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   April 16th, 2010 5:41 am ET

I hadn't seen him in ages and the photo shows a more matured Michael J. Fox and he is looking good.

His book should be an interesting read. Nothing stops this man, he is an inspiration. Amazing person really. God bless him and his family.


pierce   April 16th, 2010 6:44 pm ET

Keep it up, Michael.
you inspire a lot of people.


Joe   April 16th, 2010 6:45 pm ET

Keep fighting Michael! You're inspiring. Your appearance at the Olympic ceremonies was a surprising treat.


Claes   April 16th, 2010 6:47 pm ET

Recently saw a documentary, or a news thing about some device developed at Karolinska Institute (or someplace else in Sweden, but I think it was KI) that automatically monitored and administered the correct dosage so the serum level (I guess unless he had a probe up his brain) was kept constant. Those on this said it had completely changed their lives, maybe something for Fox. But I'd be surprised if he didn't know what options were available for him on the other hand.


Lucille Galvin   April 16th, 2010 6:54 pm ET

Mr. Fox, you are one of the strongest, and brightest stars out there, continue to shine. Our world needs people like you, keep up the wonderful work you are doing to help us all.


Dale   April 16th, 2010 6:57 pm ET

What an fine human being. Thanks for encouraging all of us.


Jose   April 16th, 2010 7:16 pm ET

Thank you Michael! you inspire us all!!
I wsh you all the best for you and your family.
I admire your spirit and your courage.
KEEP living on, NEVER give up!

Your Friend in Time 😉

Jose


Leslie Anne   April 16th, 2010 7:22 pm ET

So inspiring Michael. I'll read your book for more. It is interesting the twists/turns of life......you've left us a gift and even more so your kids who must be so proud of you.


Don Ward   April 16th, 2010 7:26 pm ET

We love you Mike, continue the fight, we are with you pal.


Fuzzy   April 16th, 2010 7:29 pm ET

Michael, keep up the good fight. You're a wise man. [Donald, embrace punctuation].


George   April 16th, 2010 7:33 pm ET

While I admire Michael, but he is not typical of Parkinson's disease (PD). He is a young onset. Most PD people are older and the symptoms for all can vary significantly. The movements you see (dyskinesias) are not due to PD but to the long term side effects of medication. It is important that we do not characterize Parkinsons through Michael. It is considerably more complicated than that. He has the fame and resources to raise money, write books that get the public's attention. The vast majority of Parkinsons sufferers don't have that luxury but battle on regardless to their great credit. We should remember that they are heros in their own right.


Nem Coolidge   April 16th, 2010 7:39 pm ET

I too miss seeing you Michael. I know you may have seen this but just in case... I saw a special on TV about how riding a bike – whether it be stationary or regular – that it stops the shakes for a while, but they don't occur while riding the bike. I hope this is true and that you have tried it. You are a very special man, and my family has always loved you. Thank you for just being you Michael.
Nem


Bob Meek   April 16th, 2010 7:43 pm ET

Michael– You are are an inspiration- keep up the fight and the good work. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless !!


Marilyn Copland   April 16th, 2010 7:54 pm ET

Michael, you are an absolutely incredible inspiration to all of us who have faced or are facing adversity. You give us courage to face and embrace the future.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Marilyn Copland (and a fellow Canadian)


ElaineJ   April 16th, 2010 8:01 pm ET

We have so many would-be heros in our lives. You know who they are – Woods, Roethlisberger, Bryant, etc, etc, etc. It's great to see a real role model for us all. I only wish that people like this would be more visible to our children.


Gordon   April 16th, 2010 8:02 pm ET

Michael, you nailed it right down the line. Too many people expect life to be handed to them with all of the fringe benefits, whilst others like us understand that life is what you make of it. You can be bitter about things, or say, that was interesting, learn from it and move on.

Just the thoughts of another Vancouverite.


Karen   April 16th, 2010 8:06 pm ET

There's a lot to be learned from Michael in terms of how we live our lives, and I applaud him for that! I'm looking forward to reading his book, and wish him the best.


Jack Huffman   April 16th, 2010 8:06 pm ET

He rules


NeptuneRex   April 16th, 2010 8:06 pm ET

I keep lookng older and Fox keeps looking the same, how does he do that?


Janice Goodness   April 16th, 2010 8:26 pm ET

Thank you Michael, for being such a role model and inspiration to so many people. My husband was diagnosed with Parkinson's last year, but probably had it several years prior. I watched you recently on the Regis and Kelly show and am anxious to go buy your books. You are such an inspiration to me and I am in hopes my husband will also be inspired so he can "Hang on and enjoy!" You are loved by many.

My best to you, Jan


Marinus Vesseur   April 16th, 2010 8:29 pm ET

I'm not a doctor and I know things aren't perfect in the world of medicine, but still: Kudoz to medical science to enable him and many like him to have a life with quality. If it wasn't for doctors and pills, I'd probably have been buried a long time ago. Honour where honour is due.


Nancy Maria   April 16th, 2010 8:35 pm ET

Thank you Michael for the work you are doing to support finding a cure for Parkinson's Disease. My husband was diagnosed with Parkinson's several years ago-it has been very difficult for him and for our entire family. Seeing the work you do has given us hope that a cure can be found soon. God Bless You for your efforts!


Sheila-Marie Brown   April 16th, 2010 8:46 pm ET

Michael J:

You are a true portrait of living your life, whatever happens. I am so very proud of you, and wish you and your family the best in the future. Godspeed, young man


Esther in Vancouver   April 16th, 2010 9:17 pm ET

Michael, you are a true mensch and hero! So proud of our hometown B.C. boy.


Michael   April 16th, 2010 9:18 pm ET

I was named after Michael J. Fox. Great guy, I feel "Back to the Future" movies were the most inspiring movies hes made and i find it very depressing that he's cursed with Parkinson’s. I wish you a happy life Michael. -Michael


DC   April 16th, 2010 9:22 pm ET

You have always been my favorite Michael. I get teary eyed every time I see you on TV because I have so much respect and admiration for you. Your humility shines, your compassion is great, and your acceptance of and love for life is inspirational. God Bless you!


Mary M   April 16th, 2010 9:27 pm ET

(MJ) FOX ROCKS!!!!


IB   April 16th, 2010 9:31 pm ET

Michael, although I am an educated individual, I can tell you that the shaking of your hands and body does not reflect how smart you are. My career has been decimated and I feel like I cannot do anything right. Thank you for being such an inspiration, I really need it.


anonymous   April 16th, 2010 9:32 pm ET

Michael, y
ou are truly an inspiration. I am a single mom and a 5 year cancer survivor. It is people like you who give us courage. God bless you and your family.


mark   April 16th, 2010 9:40 pm ET

got to meet Michael once and told him how much I admired him – he's handled his struggle with immense grace and style. Thank you, George W. Bush for denying stem cell research for 8 long years.


Jane   April 16th, 2010 9:40 pm ET

My 10 and 12 year olds and I have just watched BTTF 1, 2 and 3. They had not seen all of them nor had I. We just loved the movies, but I talked to my kids afterwards about you Michael and the kind of person you became after getting Parkinson's disease. My kids were awestruck. You are our hero. We love you.


Rebecca Minier   April 16th, 2010 9:44 pm ET

My father lived with Parkinson's for 18 years. You are truly an inspiration, Mr. Fox. I contribute to your organization and I admire you for your courage and grace.


Suzy   April 16th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

Michael is such a wonderful and gifted person. we all love you and are pulling for you!


Melissa   April 16th, 2010 9:54 pm ET

Fox is an inspiration to anyone who has been affected personally by PD, and even for those who know little about the degenerative disease. He gives me hope that I'll have my strong, loving, wise father around for years to come, too. Keep up the amazing work.


John in NYC   April 16th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

Michael, from one New Yorker to another you make me proud to be Canadian. Loved "Lucky Man" and look forward to reading your new book. I look forward to your inspiration for a long time to come!


MakeItCount   April 16th, 2010 9:56 pm ET

I LOVE YOU Michael! I wish I knew you as a personal friend. You inspire us all with your wit and humor, and the way you have handled your struggle. You fight for us all for Parkinson research and cure. Keep on keeping on. We all love you for it!


Babs in Oregon   April 16th, 2010 10:02 pm ET

Michael,

My dad lived with Parkinson's for 15 years. He was able to walk until his last two weeks. I know first-hand how much strength and courage it took for Dad to live in a world that is not always tolerant of illness. My family has cheered you on during your entire time with Parkinson's. Like my dad, you are showing us through example that there is life after a Parkinson's diagnosis and that it is worth going forward despite how tough it can be some days. I am especially proud of your wife who has stayed with you and been a true partner in your life. Your life actions are the best legacy you can leave your kids. Kudos Michael. Dad is my hero and you are totally awesome.


Cynthia   April 16th, 2010 10:07 pm ET

I don't, as a rule, by celebrity authored books but I'll be buying this one. I've always been a fan – from his Family Ties days to BTTF and Teen Wolf and beyond. You are truly an inspiration, Michael. I have two sons – one with Asperger's Syndrome and one who has ADHD and is bi-polar and although it doesn't compare to Parkinsons, you are one of the examples I point to when I tell my boys that there is more to who they are and what they can be than just their diagnosis. Bless you and your family!


Cheryl   April 16th, 2010 10:27 pm ET

Michael, When I see you on TV giving an interview you radiate strength and love. You are so special and such an insperation to ALL. Only if more humans were like you sir. I do so admire your quick wit and humor you seem like such an honest fun loving nice person. With that said I have always wondered if you have the Lord in your daily walk in life? Sure seems that you do. God is great! Best to you and your family always. May God Bless you in all you do and achieve, May He bless you with on going energy and stamina .... Love You! 🙂


JJ   April 16th, 2010 10:37 pm ET

You looking Good!!
And thanks for making life oh so much
better for being here in my age and time;
God is good to us!!
JJ


shofer   April 16th, 2010 10:44 pm ET

you are still the man hope to meet you someday maybe when we are old old men


Anna   April 16th, 2010 10:50 pm ET

My dad was diagnosed with parkinsons two years ago. He was 65 years old. At this point, he is doing fairly well. His tremors in his right arm have gotten worse and I am a bit worried about his speech. In doing some research about the alternate treatments for pd, I came across a Dr. named Dr. Perlmutter. He specializes in pd and does not rely on the traditional medications for his care. I wish I could speak to Michael to see if he has ever looked into anything other than the traditional drugs. Glutathione injections are supposed to "cure" the pd, not simply treat the symptoms. Patients have made miraculous improvements. It's a bit expensive, but affordable, if it truly works. If such a treatment exists, I always, always, go back to why didn't Michael try it?? He's got so much money and he's famous. If glutathione injections truly work, why wouldn't a person like MJF help pd patients to learn more about it? I'd love to know.
Thanks for the inspiration.
Anna


S Adkins   April 16th, 2010 10:52 pm ET

Michael – be happy and content, and know you have touched many lives in a positive way. God bless you and your family.


Katie   April 16th, 2010 10:54 pm ET

Michael J. Fox is an inspiration for us all in dealing with adversity and finding the good in even the most challenging situations. There are so many things to admire about this amazing gentleman, but honesty and humor are the most immediate qualities that come to mind. God bless you, Michael. Thanks for all the years of truth and laughter.


Ziggy   April 16th, 2010 10:58 pm ET

Tough one for you, Michael:

As a Canadian citizen, you've dug knee deep in US politics screaming about US stem cell research. The latest health care debate highlights Canada as a model system, according to the Dems. Why don't you press the Canadians to put stem cell research to use to cure your disease, rather than rely on the US evil health care system and terrible pharm companies??? Oh, that is right, Canada just does hockey ....


Amy   April 16th, 2010 11:12 pm ET

Thank you, Michael, for going public with Parkinson's. Your courage helps my sister who was diagnosed with PD at 39.


Pam   April 16th, 2010 11:13 pm ET

Michael, you are an inspiration to anyone living with a debilitating and degenerative disease. You definitely show that a person's attitude can make a huge difference in the quality of their life.

I look forward to reading your book.


Sid in Wiscon.   April 16th, 2010 11:18 pm ET

Michael,

You are an inspiration, but you are denying yourself a treatment that can turn your PD back 10 years–deep brain stimulation. Get the surgery and get your wonderful life back!


Bob   April 16th, 2010 11:28 pm ET

Ziggy, he's an American citizen also, who has lived in America for nearly 30 years, longer than he spent in Canada. Canadian health care obviously doesn't affect him.


brenda   April 16th, 2010 11:32 pm ET

thank you for your wisdom Michael J. Fox.....you are an inspiration


Kurt   April 16th, 2010 11:32 pm ET

Michael J Fox was one of the best action/comedic actors ever...!!!


Rita in Burnaby, BC!   April 16th, 2010 11:40 pm ET

God bless you, Michael Fox, for your wonderful contribution to life! You have touched so many lives, and you are a good person.

It's my belief that this life is just a dot on the scale of our eternity, and you're doing a great job of living and giving to the fullest, all the while being a warrier.

WELL DONE, Sir Michael!!!


john   April 16th, 2010 11:41 pm ET

you are the great dude mcfly:))


Jason Triplett   April 16th, 2010 11:41 pm ET

Thank you Michael J. Fox. Not only for being a fantastic entertainer, but also for your strength and courage and activism. My prayer is that more people in this world emerge with your heroism. Yes, I said heroism. You are inspiration and HERO to so many. God bless you.


Mary   April 16th, 2010 11:44 pm ET

I hope that Michael has been able to be seen at the Edgar Cayce foundation. They have done wonders with Parkinson's patients. Are you reading this Michael? I sure hope so.


Tom   April 16th, 2010 11:59 pm ET

Michael-
Thank you for what you have done to fight Parkinson's through your foundation and also elevate awareness of the disease. My dad had Parkinson's for 25 years, my grandmother had it, and my wife's grandfathers both had it.

You are giving all of us hope that we can win the fight against PD, and you are also a great example of how optimism is a powerful weapon in such a battle. I know that few people realize how depression can be a big part of PD as well, so I understand what you are dealing with on so many fronts. You are truly an inspiration to the Parkinson's community as well as anyone else living with an illness.


PostmodernMediaCircusBoy   April 17th, 2010 12:03 am ET

Michael J Fox Sounds like a Buddhist Now, what an interesting transformation


Roz   April 17th, 2010 12:10 am ET

Thank you, Michael J Fox, for all you have done and continue to do. Your courage, strength and love have affected more people than you know. To embrace life, is to love life ... and you surely do!
ALOHA from Hawaii.


Mary Ancona   April 17th, 2010 12:15 am ET

We all love you and aspire to be like you. Enough said. May you receive what you need and blessings on you and your family.
Mary


Lyn Odell   April 17th, 2010 12:25 am ET

Always great to hear from Michael. Thanks for being out there with your experiences with Parkinsons. I don't think I would have the courage. Can't wait to read the book.


Kirk   April 17th, 2010 12:26 am ET

Worked with him at Paramount Studios and everyone liked him..a great person..


Michele   April 17th, 2010 12:27 am ET

Michael – Thanks for being public with Parkinson's. My mom has it, and we've coped with it because of her attitude, yours, Pope John Paul II's and Janet Reno's. It's amazing to see all the positive things people have posted about you. Folks can be so negative in those posts, but not here, not about you. It's also amazing how people of great character seem to be afflicted with PD.

Best wishes to you and your family.


Angie   April 17th, 2010 1:07 am ET

I don't agree with many of his political views but this man is one of the funniest and best actors ever–his tv shows and movies are wonderful memories for me (still enjoy reruns)...best wishes, Michael


Peter   April 17th, 2010 1:12 am ET

Michael , you have shown us truly, what metal you are made of...
and for all the wonderful moments you have created for all of us, may I say what a great member of this planet you are ..

keep rockin' ! (no pun intended)


Collin Thompson   April 17th, 2010 1:15 am ET

Hey Michael!
My mother had PD and passed away in 1997
Back then, my family didn't know what PD was, but we found out.
I'm just writing this to you because you remind me of her.
She had the same positive, self giving love that you have!
She always had a smile on her face, even when she was asleep in her rocking chair.
You are an angel of love man!!


steve   April 17th, 2010 1:25 am ET

Michael. I so admire you my bruthu. Hang tough and God bless you!


Eva   April 17th, 2010 1:30 am ET

Smart, insightful, inspiring.


Pat   April 17th, 2010 1:33 am ET

Dear Mike, what a voice! Gofarver, buddy. Press on. WE NEED U:)


Oliver Zuniga   April 17th, 2010 1:33 am ET

The kid from yesterday is the wise man of today. I really hope I can grow to be a wiser person myself. Thanks for existing Michael. You are one of the good things I will remember from this world.


Chris   April 17th, 2010 1:34 am ET

Michael – husband diagnosed at 48 with Parkinson's. DBS surgery in Oct. 2008. He also has severe scoliosis. You have been his inspiration over the years. We both thank you for your dedication to Parkinson's research, humour, and honesty about living with this terrible disease. My only wish is that he had the same determination and grit that you do. He is giving up and it is so sad. I watch him fade away from me and there is nothing I can do. He was a strong, stubborn, fit and determined man. We both pray that some day a cure will be found.


valerie ahumada   April 17th, 2010 1:38 am ET

I love you Michael. Not a romantic love, more like a spiritual love. You are so incredibly strong and you are so many things that I could only wish for myself. Know that you make a difference in how so many people feel about parkinsons. ❤
Keep on keeping on!


oscar knight   April 17th, 2010 1:39 am ET

I have never met or seen you in person but I have felt you spirit and it is a spirit of wisdom, wisdom in a sense that you have had everything this world could offer , but you have been able to find yourself through this disease and have to realize that there is more than material things.You have been my inspiration throughout the years and I just want to tell you thanks for being Michael,just by being who you are; YOU HAVE CHANGE MY LIFE. God bless you.


overborred   April 17th, 2010 1:41 am ET

Your advice and insights are taken, Michael. Keep fighting the good fight. God bless you and your family.


Ondrea   April 17th, 2010 1:48 am ET

Michael J Fox is an inspiration, one who has the grace and courage to share his ideas and strengths with the world without forcing them on anyone. Michael, your subtle wisdom and your amazing conviction have left a permanent mark on the world. I wish you the best in your continuing fight. Thank you for sharing yourself with all of us.


Randy   April 17th, 2010 2:39 am ET

Michael, I'm 58 years old. Ten years ago when I was playing ice hockey, I skated over to the bench and sat down and my right hand started shaking. That was the first time that I can remember that something wasn't right. Other septons after that was my right arm didn't swing at all when I walked. Then I started dragging my right foot. I finally went to a neroloist about 2 years ago. He put me the drug called requip. There was too many side effects, so then he told me of a drug that PD patients use to use but they stopped making it in the US. That drug is Parsitan 50. So I buy it from Canada. This helps a little. The only side effect for me is cotton mouth. PD is progressing slowly for me I GUESS??? Do you know of anything new out there?


Randall   April 17th, 2010 4:13 am ET

A proud Canadian... Stand tall Michael... we all have been blessed with your contributions to the human experience... THAT will live forever.


Vincent   April 17th, 2010 4:18 am ET

I'm from Belgium and we love Michael J Fox


RJ   April 17th, 2010 4:39 am ET

Michael J. Fox, you're one kool kat !!!


Wayne   April 17th, 2010 5:31 am ET

Sounds like a really wonderful interview. And Micheal's book sounds like it is crafted from the up/downs trials & tribulations of life. I mean the word come to life. They are not just word jutted down. This man is going through a lot. It must not be easy. Your right Micheal don't judge unless you in term wish to be judged. Truth is you'll be judged anyways. See again you said it.. your judges from your eyes. Your seeing things through your lens. Funny how this interview and the one with the brilliant Willy Nelson relate in some ways how these two men handle life. Two good souls. I know a person who has the same thing but know little about it. I seen a touching interview on one of those religious channels earlier in the day . Not sure the name of the show "Huntley Street" or something where this guy.. great soul! was born with no arms and legs and his life is amazing the way he approached it, accepted it/understood it and made a huge difference.
I remember the good times. And there has been a lot of good times.
I mean when I was younger driving my dads car and listening to the radio and just felt so good and natural. I remember the unfortunate times that were least expected and when you feel the greed, mishaps, misfortunes and so on. I've seen the beautiful were it was not on the exterior but on the interior but no one cares because they judged the exterior first. Perhaps ripped off the cover from those books and look on the inside. Funny how all this literature and yet we still have lots to discover even when we are berried in too much information. Peace & Love to the wonderful man Micheal J. Fox.
Bless you brother... I will look out for that book

Wayne


Alice Faye Moore   April 17th, 2010 5:34 am ET

Vancouverites have many native sons to be proud of, but the true jewel in their crown is Michael J. Fox,


Alice Faye Moore   April 17th, 2010 5:36 am ET

God bless you, Michael.


Mark   April 17th, 2010 5:55 am ET

One of a kind. Keep it up Michael. Mark (Lincolnshire, England)


mark   April 17th, 2010 6:29 am ET

I wish you all the best Michael. Keep the faith brother!


George from Mass   April 17th, 2010 6:36 am ET

Thanks for being an inspiration. Enjoyed watching you in the closing ceremonies!


Gary E   April 17th, 2010 6:47 am ET

Substance. Real substance.

With all the vapid internet chatter from alleged celebrities who won't be remembered past their current Botox injection, we get this gift from Michael J. Fox. Both a truly talented actor, and a very, very wise man.

Thank you Michel – you're an inspiration to millions.


Sebastian   April 17th, 2010 7:28 am ET

Good review, and good points, Mr. Fox. Color me impressed, which I am not often...


kiawah   April 17th, 2010 7:30 am ET

What a great, hysterical cover and typical Fox. Hats off to one of the good guys who never got sideswiped by his fame.


emmy   April 17th, 2010 7:35 am ET

Michael, God Bless you ! and stay positive and strong with your Godgiven talent. I miss seeing you on TV and movies. You are an amazing artist and professional and witty person with superinsperational motivation that affect everyone on this planet !
My husband and I loves you.


josei   April 17th, 2010 7:46 am ET

You are so inspired people, you are so talent people, Keep sending messages to young people, figth against forces that keep our young people falling. Keep talking ..Keep Thinking!!! ...Keep on screen. World need to keep seen you and listen u. Thats why you are here till the end. Good Bless u.


Regina   April 17th, 2010 8:05 am ET

You walk the walk, amigo. Your integrity shows.


JL   April 17th, 2010 8:41 am ET

The problem with today's generations is that they lack a Michael J. Fox. His innocence, zest for life, and love of the world demonstrates the important matters. The world is a better place with Michael J. Fox.


mysteree   April 17th, 2010 8:58 am ET

This man continues to be wonderful


Pat   April 17th, 2010 9:14 am ET

Michael, I was diagnosed 12 years ago with PD. My symptoms are kept under control by the meds, so I am luckier than some. You are a constant inspiration to me and a reminder of what acceptance and attitude can do to kept up the good fight I look forward to reading your latest book. Thank you for all you've done and continue to do to find a cure for this thing.


george   April 17th, 2010 9:14 am ET

A courageous inspirational man.


OpineVine   April 17th, 2010 9:20 am ET

Wow! MJF actually makes sense! I am extremely impressed. (For the particular reason that Hollywood seldom produces such intellect). Go Michael!


Man Facing South   April 17th, 2010 9:22 am ET

If anyone ever asked me what a real hero was, I'd tell them Michael J. Fox. May God keep you and your family in his hand.


Eloy   April 17th, 2010 9:29 am ET

Thank You, for the best movie I ever seen, I can watch this movie over and over again, and never get tired of watching it, thank you for this great gift Michael Fox.


silvia sandoval   April 17th, 2010 9:29 am ET

When people ask me Who would you like to meet before you die?
I always say Michael J fox. He is a wonderful person and I would love to tell him personally how much I admire him and his family. Thanks Michael for the inspiration !! we love you.


JasonB   April 17th, 2010 9:29 am ET

Bravery? He's an uneducated actor. He became hyper-wealthy because he was pretty. Then he developed a debilitating disease and spent that money on finding a cure. How is that any different than what any of the rest of us would do? How does just being alive constitute bravery?


Nashma   April 17th, 2010 9:38 am ET

Wow. Tremendous clarity relayed in a minimum of words.
OK, today is new. I will believe. I will laugh more, let go of petty differences and enjoy differences and diversity.
Thank you.


Kay   April 17th, 2010 9:40 am ET

Did you see the special on Parkinson's on public broadcasting? They don't know why, but if you ride a BIKE for "x" amount of minutes per day, for some reason the Parkinson tremoros go away. It showed a man unable to walk; but after riding a bike for a few minutes, he could walk fine! Everyone should see that special!


Woody   April 17th, 2010 9:56 am ET

Mike "Good Luck". For those who never got to finish school. We can all continue to learn. Type in howstuffworks all one word at google.


Galoux   April 17th, 2010 10:04 am ET

Thnks, Mr. Fox, for being so open about life and for sharing your perspectives. I have MS, which is also a progressive illness that no one has found a cure for. You have long helped me to keep on keepin' on. Bless you.


Cecelia   April 17th, 2010 10:15 am ET

My father passed away from Parkinson's disease almost 5 years ago. Michael is doing so much to educate us all about the disease and also about living and enjoying life. Thank you Michael. I will buy the book this weekend in honor of the best dad in the world!


lila   April 17th, 2010 10:15 am ET

M fox, you are truly an inspiration. Do you go out to schools across the country and speak to kids? My son is in 10th grade and saw you on Opera recently and then he looked you up online. Your strong desire/will to fight gave him a new out look on life. What is your opinin about dr. keverkion?


Fred Reed   April 17th, 2010 10:31 am ET

I would like to thank Michael J. Fox for his ongoing battle with parkinson's disease and thank him for the memories as well, but also his thoughts on Meridith Baxter saying that she's gay, what are Michael's thoughts on this?


Tim B.   April 17th, 2010 10:32 am ET

I have to say that Michael J. Fox is an absolute inspiration. It is like in Buddhism – nirvana is reached via nothingness. So in an extreme case, if you desire nothing, you can reach nirvana and true happiness. On the other hand, is you desire everything, you can never be happy because you will never reach your goal. And this coming from a guy who is afflicted with a terrible disease at such a young age.

I'm just curious who asks the questions in this blog too – they are the most trite questions, lacking any substance. Even so, MJF was still able pull terrific responses out of nothing questions.


parker   April 17th, 2010 10:34 am ET

This man is a role model for all the idiots who have and had everything and think they are bigger and better than life. The politicians, the actors, the athletes, who have taken it all for granted and spit at everyone less fortunate. Mr. Fox makes the rest of us feel it is alright to be who we are, disabilities and all that come with that. He is an American, he is what we are supposed to be about, and represents the best of humanity.


Sebastian   April 17th, 2010 10:39 am ET

Having read your book "Lucky Man" a few years ago, and being one who deals with chronic pain due to a traffic accident many years ago, I found your book to be not merely inspiring, but a great blueprint for day-to-day living.

It's interesting how life often takes us to places we don't expect, nor desire, but your book illustrates that the journey can reward us in ways we can't possibly expect. We often find a side to ourselves we didn't know existed.

A good friend of mine was recently diagnosed with MS, and I gave the book to her. She felt much the same as I did.

You are a fine actor and an even better human being! Thanks for all the wonderfully entertaining movies and TV shows, and your great outlook on life.
All the best.


patehoward   April 17th, 2010 10:45 am ET

In a world full of naysayers, backbiters and those just out for themselves, it is a great gift that Mr. Fox is giving. All we can take with us when we leave this planet is our relationships with others and the love that we have felt and given. Thank you for sharing your amazing journey, Mr. Fox. I look forward to seeing all that life will bring to you and your family.


Tony Cataldo   April 17th, 2010 10:45 am ET

A genuine good person


George in PA   April 17th, 2010 11:04 am ET

Thanks for these comments Michael. I've had rhematoid arthritis for nearly 20 years now. It took me the first two years before I accepted that I wasn't going to "get well", and that I'd be on medication for the rest of my life. Now I strive to do all I can each day, while I can, and am grateful for that opportunity. Best wishes in all your future endeavors.


Khalil   April 17th, 2010 11:09 am ET

Very rarely, one comes across someone who is too good to be true. You almost are.....


borhan   April 17th, 2010 11:14 am ET

We LOVE you Mike. You are the person who will always be loved and not a signle person in this world think of you any negative way!!

Allah be with you! We all wish you to fight and live many many years so that we can show our children and tell them how wonderful person you are.

Love


Brenda   April 17th, 2010 11:14 am ET

Way before Michael's Parkinsons was diagnosed, I was a huge fan. His struggle has only reaffirmed what I had already known. What an amazing human being. You are the bomb Michael. You totally rock. God Bless you and your family.


Mary   April 17th, 2010 11:22 am ET

Michael, you are truly a ""CLASS ACT". Thank you for your inspiration and love that you show to all by sharing your life with us. Of course I have no doubt that you are an authentic angel placed here to do HIS work. I was challenged l5 years ago with Dystonia at 59 years of age and can appreciate what you have to deal with daily. Every time I see an article about you or know you are appearing on a show, I'm there!
God Bless you and may your good days outnumber the bad. KEEP THE FAITH----–YOU ARE THE GREATEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


peg   April 17th, 2010 11:27 am ET

I have always admired and respected you, Michael, not to mention enjoyed your wit and sense of humor. Just when I felt I had been defeated in life and felt I could just give up in trying to move on, you've inspired me. Sometimes we only find what we need when we pay attention. Thank you Michael!


Laura   April 17th, 2010 11:45 am ET

Wow! These are wonderful lessons.


CHIVA2K   April 17th, 2010 12:03 pm ET

I used to watch family ties back in the 80's when i was a child and the back to the future thriology I watch it over and over again I feel little a kid again when am watching it, its my favorite movie of all time thks MJ F you are the Best, one of the greates MJ,s


Laurie   April 17th, 2010 12:10 pm ET

Michael, You are truly an inspiration. I admire your strength and courage. Keep up the Fight!


Suzanne   April 17th, 2010 12:26 pm ET

Michael J. Fox you are in the true form, just perfect. Thank you for all that you have been and for all that you have done.

I love that you still love life, that you are out there inspiring, leading and changing lives. I was so impressed at your ability to play hockey, at your sense of fair play regarding this challenge that you live with every day, and I'm happy that you still cheer for Canadians, even though you have not lived here for a long time. You are a true gift and I appreciate you. I'm hoping that you are pulling for the Canucks and with that Goodbye from a fellow Canuck!!!


Jo   April 17th, 2010 12:47 pm ET

George, you insult us all. You assume just because we admire Mr Fox's wonderful attitude and attention he's able to bring to this disease, we think nothing of, nor understand, that others do have it, and some worse! Instead of hiding, we admire Mr Fox usung his fame too reach out and educate and help find a cure, so hopefuly no one in the future WILL get worse. We are not children needing to be taken to task, thank you very much!


Clifford   April 17th, 2010 2:02 pm ET

Michael,

I grew up watching the BTTF movies and I have always been a huge fan of yours. I looked up to you because you were a small guy like me and yet always stood up to the bad guys.
You continue to inspire and awe me. In a real life struggle, you continue to stand up to a much larger and power foe with a strength and courage that most people will never have. Keep it up. You are truly a special person. Your wife and children are so lucky to have you in their lives. Good luck in your fight.

Clifford


Jimmy   April 17th, 2010 2:31 pm ET

Mr Fox
We love you Miacael, You are one of the very best....keep giving us the courage to embrace.....

Thanks


Florencio Mendiola Jr.   April 17th, 2010 2:35 pm ET

Each day, we all face a peculiar problem. We must validate our past, face our present, plan for the future.

those who believe that life was better in the "old days" sometimes are blind to the reality of the present; those who live only for the present frequently have little regard for either precedent or consequence; and those who live only for some deferred reward often strain themselves with too much denial.

Thinking of past, present, and future is a useful conceptual technique, but ultimately they must be appropriately balanced and joined.

We must understand how the past affects us, we should keep the present full of rich and satisfing experiences, and we should devote some energy each day to building for the future.

Just as a river can be said to have parts that cannot be clearly divided, so too should be consider the whole of our time when deciding how to spend our lives.

Michael J. Fox, all your movies were Great! Love you then, love you now! God is watching over you! You're in good hands, my brother!

God Bless! I know that you will over-come..................


Matt Carpenter   April 17th, 2010 3:54 pm ET

Being a member of Generation X, I have always liked Michael for his role in Back to the Future! Now my admiration for Michael is significantly stronger since I've been going through a serious neuro disorder myself. Michael's strength and positive attitude helps me be stronger through all of this. Thanks, Michael!!


teco   April 17th, 2010 3:58 pm ET

I am amazed that Michael has been able to build so much purpose into what otherwise could have been a dismal existence when all you thought you were and would be is changed without your consent. I really think he is such a role model.


Deneen   April 17th, 2010 3:58 pm ET

MJF may not be a 'hero', but his actions in how he has created a foundation to put his money into helping OTHERS is heroic, when you consider how self serving the world usually is.

There are many other neurological disorders out there that need or use stem cell research. Most people heare Stem Cell and believe babvies are being 'murdered' for them. Not So. People need to do more research and listen to what's actually being done with SC.

MJF has been attempting to educate the world about what's needed and how the USA keeps putting off the ability for many people with ANY autoimmune conditions/diaseases/disorders(diabetes is an example), Neurological disorders(anything from PD to CIDP), from being put in remission or cured. He's fighting an uphill battle. So what does he do? He shows others how they can help themselves and deal with what they have to deal with every day in a positive manner.

For those who mock his working in US politics instead of Canadian, here is where its all being blocked. MORE people are in the USA that need help. For those who say he is uneducated...a high school drop out can still further their education...wait didnt MJF actually do this? Oh yes, he has a PHd. You have to go to college for that.

When you have a debillitating disease that causes every day pain or every day fatigue, tremors, or requires a bagful of meds to get through every single day, having someone like MJF able to be in the spotlight as an inspiration to others in mental need of a light at the end of the tunnel(that isn't the train comin' at ya) helps to get us out of bed every day, and do what we have to do besides exist and/or survive. He shows us that we can and MUST get up and do it all again, and do more for our own selves, so that we do not become stangnated within or stagnated with our own diseases. It's up to us to continue our own fight but do it in a way that brings us hope that we can be more than what we are now.


Bill Morin   April 17th, 2010 4:02 pm ET

We need more people like you, Michael. You've turned a big negative into so many positives. Please keep up the good work. We'll keep you in our prayers.


pam drou   April 17th, 2010 4:34 pm ET

Michael J Fox is an admirable human being. We should be hearing more of him and what he does, than the likes of some of the recent so called sports and such stars. I just saw Michael on Champion Golf game walking and running on the course. He shows you the way he is, as he is. What courage he has. He is a TRUE Role Model


Doreen   April 18th, 2010 10:26 am ET

I love how you don't pity yourself but you do the opposite, you go out there and try to help yourself and others to find a cure for PD. I hope more people get involved in the research end. It seems everyone that I meet knows someone with PD. It getting more common and we need help !!!! Thanks so much Michael for your help !!!! You are so inspiring. Take care.


pepette   April 18th, 2010 4:49 pm ET

I love what he said about happiness and acceptance vs. expectation. I am printing this interview and posting it on my bathroom mirror to remind me to start the day with these words. Thank you, Michael.


mashael   April 19th, 2010 4:41 pm ET

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Francesco   April 20th, 2010 6:52 pm ET

Michael, thanks for all you are doing to find solutions for PD.
In Italy we have found a treatment that allows to reduce, and possibly eliminate, motion problems caused by PD, but we have problems in being successful because many people have more interests in selling pharmaceuticals than in solving a problem to a patient: why don't you support us in overcoming these problems? So far 300 patients have used the treatment and all of them (ALL!!!) have experienced dramatic improvements.
Hope you will read this!
ciao
francesco


Antonio Wong   April 20th, 2010 6:54 pm ET

You are the best, Michael, cool and wise. Have a happy life!


Russ   April 21st, 2010 8:47 pm ET

MIchael,

I have ALS, a heart condtions and diabeties.
I wish that I had had the strength th you possess but.I dont.
I will be taking thet FINALEXIT next month.once my affailrs are in order.

I am losing my home ,my car and everything else that I have including my Health Insurance.

The best to you my friend but I have reached the end and I welcome it.

God Bless You!

RUSS


Gloria Klyne   April 22nd, 2010 2:17 pm ET

Michael, I've loved you on your tv shows and your movies, but I love you even more in your books, because through your books we see the real you. What more can I say – you're an inspiration to us all! God bless you.

Gloria

Edmonton, AB. Canada


Yvonne   April 27th, 2010 1:41 am ET

First I would like thank you for all your work with the foundation, for every little thing you do, as many others do, that may not be noticed. Some appear to feel that since your a star, and you are, that your the only one being noticed through out this fight! The odd thing is that is exactly how it is ... but for the good, for all those who get up daily and need to be inspired ... your there, your part of everyone who needs the energy and your strength. To be a star only helps to ignite the fire and keep the image of everyone's life and fight alive ... you do that for so many people! I know your cause is for Parkinson's, but perhaps without realizing it your books, and YOU, help so many people no matter what illness or strife they maybe fighting. I watched you as a young star and enjoyed your strength and humor more than I can say, and still do. With the memory of back to the future still fresh as you made that image appear so real and enlightening, your life in the media still helps everyone! Your future is bright and the light will never burn out because the world stands at your side and along with your future is the needs of many, keep the light on and never let your stardom fade, for you are the star the world needs for whatever ills it holds for us! There are many who can not be seen on camera so you appear for them, to help them, encourage them, and join them ... A star was made but pardon the cliche' , 'today a star is born' through a serious illness and proudly displays the battle within.
Take care Micheal and keep up all your publicity - it is the only way others will be heard! Keep shinning your light -


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