In September 1998, Michael J. Fox stunned the world by announcing that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease - in fact, he had been secretly fighting it for seven years.
In this candid book, with his trademark ironic sensibility and sense of the absurd, he tells his life story - from his childhood in western Canada to his meteoric rise in film and television and, most importantly, the years in 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 feels as if he is a very lucky man indeed.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages, ports.
- Publisher: Ebury Publishing
- Publication Date: 02/01/2003
- Category: Individual actors & performers
- ISBN: 9780091885670
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Review by SqueakyChu
Even though I was more interested in the career of Michael J. Fox many years ago, I picked up his autobiography just now. I have no idea why I waited so long to read this book. I was pleasantly surprised at how easily readable I found it. It was basically divided into three sections: his youth, his aspiring career and stardom, and the years after his Parkinson's Disease diagnosis. I found all three parts of his story equally interesting. His youth in Canada and his turning to drama as a career I found fascinating because I've watched a few of my own friends and family follow the same trajectory -- some with success, others without. I was pulled deeply into Michael's psyche as a successful television and movie star because I've always wondered what makes people of wealth seem so uncaring about the world at large. He explained this phenomenon fairly well. I was brought into more thorough understanding of his life after his Parkinson's disease diagnosis was made as I know, that as I myself age, there will be infirmity and illness ahead of me. I always wonder how to cope in such a situation.In addition, I was delighted to learn that Michael's wife Tracy is the sister of the Michael Pollan whose "foodie" books I've enjoyed reading over quite a few years. I think that Michael writes a good book and expresses himself very well. In fact, this book now makes me want to read the two other books that he wrote after this one.