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Michael J. Fox Reflects On Life Expectancy With Parkinson’s: ‘I’m Not Gonna Be 80’

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Michael J. Fox, diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at 29, discussed his life expectancy, emphasizing that people don’t die from Parkinson’s but with it.

He expressed his thoughts on mortality, acknowledging that he won’t live to 80, and highlighted the challenges he faces daily.

Fox said, “You don’t die from Parkinson’s. You die with Parkinson’s.”

“I’ve been thinking about the mortality of it. … I’m not gonna be 80,” he continued.

“Every day is tougher,” he admitted.

Fox, known for “Back to the Future,” retired after his diagnosis and founded a foundation contributing to Parkinson’s research.

He also mentioned ongoing research on biomarkers to identify the disease early.

“The idea … [is] to identify the disease before the disease is present,” Fox said.

“With this, we can identify the disease really early and help progression and essentially cure ahead of the game,” he explained.

A new film, “Still,” explores his journey as an optimist facing an incurable disease, set to premiere on May 12.

“I woke up and I noticed my pinky auto-animated,” narrates Fox in the trailer.

“I told Tracy the news. ‘In sickness and in health,’ I remember her whispering,” recalls the actor.

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