Michael J. Fox opens up about his battle with Parkinson’s disease: “My short memory is shot.”

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“Back to the Future” star was diagnosed with the disease back in 1991.

Michael J. Fox, the famous actor from Back to the Future, recently shared details about his health. He disclosed that the Parkinson’s disease he was diagnosed with nearly three decades ago, at the age of 29, is impacting his short-term memory.

In 1998, Michael shared his condition with the public and stepped back from acting in 2000 due to declining health. It was a long journey for young Michael to come to terms with his reality, but he eventually chose to live his life to the fullest despite the challenges brought on by the illness.

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The actor, who has received five Primetime Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, a Grammy Award, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards, informed People that their short-term memory is not good.

He also mentioned his previous talent for memorizing lines, but he admitted that the past few years have been more challenging. Michael also shared that he faced difficult situations in his recent jobs, which required him to remember a lot of dialogue. He confessed that he had a hard time during both of those roles.

In a recent interview with comedian Mike Birbiglia, Michael shared new details about his condition. He revealed that he can no longer smell, which made him quite sad. However, he mentioned that he still remembers many smells, like the scent of pine right before Christmas.

It is commonly believed that tremor is the initial sign of Parkinson’s Disease. However, research indicates that many individuals who are diagnosed with the disease actually experience a loss of their sense of smell months or even years before receiving the diagnosis.

Michael, the actor known for his roles in “Teen Wolf” and “Spin City,” has been happily married to actress Tracy Pollan for 32 years. They have four children together. Despite facing challenges, Michael finds solace in his loving family and the unwavering support of those around him.

Michael and his wife founded the Michael J. Fox Foundation to support research for finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease. The foundation is now the biggest non-profit funder for Parkinson’s disease research globally. His commitment to helping others with the disease, which he also has, earned him a spot on Time Magazine’s list of 100 influential people in 2007.

Although he continued acting after the diagnosis, his work was mainly focused on lending his voice in films like Stuart Little and Disney’s Atlantis: The Lost Empire.

Michael shared with People that he’s not good at playing guitar, sketching, dancing, or acting. However, he finds joy in writing and loves spending time with his family.

The actor has authored four books: “Lucky Man: A Memoir” (2002), “Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist” (2009), “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future: Twists and Turns and Lessons Learned” (2010), and his latest release, “No Time Like the Future,” which came out on November 17, 2021.

Michael J. Fox is an extremely skilled actor and an exceptional individual. We sincerely wish him all the best in the future. We hope he maintains the same level of optimism that he has shown throughout his entire life.

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