A funny, highly personal, gorgeously written account of what it's like to be a 30-year-old man who is told he has an 80-year-old's disease."Life is great. Sometimes, though, you just have to put up with a little more crap." --Michael J. Fox
September 1998, Michael J. Fox stunned the world by announcing he had
been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease -- a degenerative neurological
condition. In fact, he had been secretly fighting it for seven years.
The worldwide response was staggering. Fortunately, he had accepted the
diagnosis and by the time the public started grieving for him, he had
stopped grieving for himself. Now, with the same passion, humor, and
energy that Fox has invested in his dozens of performances over the last
18 years, he tells the story of his life, his career, and his campaign
to find a cure for Parkinson's.
Combining his trademark ironic
sensibility and keen sense of the absurd, he recounts his life -- from
his childhood in a small town in western Canada to his meteoric rise in
film and television which made him a worldwide celebrity. Most
importantly however, he writes of the last 10 years, during which --
with the unswerving support of his wife, family, and friends -- he has
dealt with his illness. He talks about what Parkinson's has given him:
the chance to appreciate a wonderful life and career, and the
opportunity to help search for a cure and spread public awareness of the
disease. He is a very lucky man, indeed. From Goodreads.
I have always liked Michael J. Fox in his various roles and of course had heard about him having Parkinson's Disease. I was surprised to learn of his alcohol abuse and how he nearly lost his family because of it.
But this book is mainly about accepting the disease and moving on to sharing it with the world. I do not read a lot of memoirs but I will read his second book as well.
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