This week I'm reviewing:
In 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 respons 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. (Amazon)
I haven't really read many autobiographies in the past - this seems to be the year for it! I decided to read Michael J. Fox's autobiography because a) I like him as an actor and b) I was interested in his story regarding Parkinson's Disease. It was interesting to read about his childhood in Canada, coming to the US and making it big, but the most interesting part for me was his diagnosis of the disease and the struggles to deal with it. I was definitely brought to tears when he described coming out about his disease and how everyone rallied around him. It was just so touching, especially for a softie like me. And I'm glad I have a better under standing of a disease that affects more than 1.5 million people, and of a great actor, whose career I have personally enjoyed.
"Life is great. Sometimes, though, you just have to put up with a little more crap." --Michael J. Fox