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Michael J Fox admits it ‘sucks’ living with Parkinson’s

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In a recent interview Michael J Fox has said “it sucks” living with Parkinsons disease.

The retired actor and activist was diagnosed with the illness at the age of 29 in 1991, he went public with his condition in 1998.

Fox started to experience early symptoms of Parkinson’s when he noticed twitching in his little finger and a sore shoulder.

When he was diagnosed with the condition doctors told him that he would not be able to continue his acting career within the next few years, but Fox continued making films and TV programmes up until 10 years ago.

Now 67, the Back To The Future star is managing his Parkinson’s symptoms by taking the drug carbidopa, also known as levodopa, and underwent a thalamotomy in 1998.

Speaking to The Guardian Fox said the disease has not defeated him, although it still “sucks”.

"It just is what it is. It didn’t defeat me. I wish it was a heroic thing. I’m not saying: ‘Yeah! Bring it, bring it!’,” he told the publication.

"I hate it. It sucks. It’s a piece of shit. It’s tough to get up in the morning and keep going. But I have a beautiful family and this office with trophies."

Fox went on to say he has no interest "in being held up as any kind of saint or martyr".

When asked if he was finding things tough Fox admitted: "It’s a struggle. It’s very difficult. I get sick of talking about me. I know me too well."

Last year, through his own foundation Fox spoke about a breakthrough in Parkinson’s research after scientists discovered biomarkers for the illness.

Discussing his own role becoming an activist, the actor said: "It just became my whole purpose. And then that was the answer. I didn’t have time to think about it.

"And Parkinson’s has been by far the most exciting thing – much more than my career."

[ The J in Michael J Fox does not stand for anything. ]

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