Wham! Fate, bad luck (whatever you call it) hit him.
Age 29, in 1991 Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, an incurable, progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement. He didn't disclose his condition to the public till 1998. He partly retired from acting in 2000 as the symptoms of his disease worsened.
These photos indicate how it changed the way he looked.
Now, at 57, Michael says, "I'd developed a relationship with Parkinson's where it left me areas I could still flourish in."
That changed last year. He developed a spinal problem that required surgery and extensive rehab. He largely recovered, only to fall at home in August and fracture his ankle. He says, "Those setbacks brought places where I wondered was it false hope I'd been selling? Is there a line beyond which there is no consolation?" Dealing with when he couldn't walk, had health aides 24 hours a day--Michael remembers asking himself if he was still able to tell himself, "Hey, chin up!"
"Yes" was his answer.
He says of his life, "If the worse I've had is as bad as it gets, it's been amazing."