Michael J Fox has said how surprised he is for fighting Parkinson's disease symptoms for over thirty years.
The actor has given readers of AARP magazine an update on his health after being diagnosed with the illness in 1991.
"If you don’t think you have anything to be grateful for, keep looking. Because you don’t just receive optimism,” he explained.
“You can’t wait for things to be great and then be grateful for that. You’ve got to behave in a way that promotes that.
"Still, it's hard to explain to people how lucky I am, because I also have Parkinson's. Some days are a struggle.
“Some days are more difficult than others. But the disease is this thing that's attached to my life — it isn't the driver."
Fox continued his acting career despite prognosis by starring in TV shows such as The Good Wife in 2009.
But since then his health has deteriorated and has been forced to step down from any further acting roles.
“I’m kind of a freak. It’s weird that I’ve done as well as I have for as long as I have,” Fox said.
In 2018 the actor underwent surgery to remove a tumour on his spinal cord and had to learn how to walk again after being fitted with a metal plate and 19 screws.
Fox’s speech has also deteriorated which has had a severe impact on his acting career.
He said: “I reached the point where I couldn't rely on my ability to speak on any given day, which meant I couldn't act comfortably at all anymore.
"As I came through that darkness, I also had an insight about my father-in-law, who had passed away and always espoused gratitude and acceptance and confidence.
"And I started to notice things I was grateful for and the way other people would respond to difficulty with gratitude. I concluded that gratitude makes optimism sustainable.”
For advice and support on Parkinson’s disease visit the Parkinson’s UK website.
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