A funny, highly personal, gorgeously written account of what its like to be a 30-year-old man who is told he has an 80-year-olds disease. "Life is great. Sometimes, though, you just have to put up with a little more crap." --Michael J. Fox In ...
In September 1998, Michael J. Fox stunned the world by announcing he had been diagnosed with Parkinsons 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 Parkinsons.
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 Parkinsons 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.
The Michael J. Fox Foundation
Michael J. Fox is donating the profits from his book to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsons Research, which is dedicated to fast-forwarding the cure for Parkinsons disease. The Foundation will move aggressively to identify the most promising research and raise the funds to assure that a cure is found for the millions of people living with this disorder. The Foundations web site, MichaelJFox.org, carries the latest pertinent information about Parkinsons disease, including:
--A detailed description of Parkinsons disease --How you can help find the cure --Public Services Announcements that are aired on network and cable television stations across the country to increase awareness --Upcoming related Parkinsons disease events and meetings --Updates on recent research and developments
Michael J Fox will be forever linked to my teenage years, when I loved him as Marty McFly in the highly enjoyable "Back to the Future" trilogy.But this book reveals another side to him and his story: his dealings with Parkinson's desease.Well
..."e. Well written, at times funny, at others very moving, honest and couragious.Continua...Nascondi
I enjoyed reading this memoir. I learned a lot about Parkinson's and about Fox's struggles to cope both physically and emotionally. I admire his candor and honesty as he looks back on his life before and after the diagnosis.
Michael J. Fox is my favourite actor and a fellow Canadian. This is a good, balanced autobiography. The audiobook is read by Michael (abridged).</p><p>"It's human nature to search for meaning." - Michael J. Fox