Michael J. Fox reveals shock health confession: ‘I almost lost it’

Actor Michael J Fox has opened up about the close call he faced in recent years that left him almost without a hand.

Describing a “tsunami of misfortune,” the 62-year-old opened up about his Parkinson’s disease and other things he kept under wraps.

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Fox was diagnosed at age 29 with Parkinson’s Disease in 1991, keeping it a secret for seven years until 1998.

The incurable disease is a progressive disorder that affects the nervous system and can result in tremors, slowed movement and speech and rigid muscles, according to Mayo Clinic.

Since the diagnosis, the actor, who found fame on the sitcom Family Ties, has faced many other health blows including a tumour near his spine that resulted in surgery in 2018.

Michael J. Fox in September 2023. Credit: Noam Galai/Getty Images for Clinton Global

Learning that he may never walk again, Fox managed to undergo a successful rehabilitation program however fell and broke his arm months later.

Since the incident, he has broken his other arm, smashed his orbital bone and cheek and broken his hand, the actor told Town and Country.

“My hand got infected and then I almost lost it,” he revealed.

“It was a tsunami of misfortune.”

Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Michael J. Fox pose at the Michael J. Fox Foundation opening night gala performance. Credit: Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/WireImage

He shared that he now has daily falls, but called himself a “tough son of a b****”.

“One day I’ll run out of gas,” Fox said.

“One day I’ll just say, ‘It’s not going to happen. I’m not going out today.’ If that comes, I’ll allow myself that.

“I’m 62 years old. Certainly, if I were to pass away tomorrow, it would be premature, but it wouldn’t be unheard of.”

Michael J Fox speaks to CBS Sunday Morning’s Jane Pauley. Credit: Seven

It comes after Fox spoke about his “tough days” in a sit down interview with CBS Sunday Morning’s Jane Pauley in April 2023.

“I’m not gonna lie it’s getting harder,” Fox said.

“(Falling) is a big killer with Parkinson’s,” Fox noted.

“It’s falling, and aspirating food and pneumonia — all these subtle ways that (it) gets you.”

A young Michael J. Fox, centre, in Family Ties. Credit: Seven

“You don’t die from Parkinson’s.

“You die with Parkinson’s.”

Back in February, Fox received an outpouring of love when he reunited with some of his Back to the Future co-stars at an event in the US.

The special moment was captured in a photograph by Lea Thompson, 61, who played Lorraine in the first two films of the popular franchise.

Left to right: Back to the Future actors Christopher Lloyd, Michael J Fox, Lea Thompson and Tom Wilson. Credit: Instagram/Lea Thompson

Joining the sweet group shot along with Fox and Thompson were fellow Back to the Future actors Christopher Lloyd, 84, and Tom Wilson, 63.

The picture was captioned: ‘Wow, honestly had the best time today with my #bttf family … So many fun moments too, and a llama.’

Thompson went on to share a number of other pictures from the fan event in Portland, Oregon, including one where she is indeed posing next to a llama.

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