A moving account of resilience, hope, fear and mortality, and how these things resonate in our lives, by actor and advocate Michael J. Fox.
The entire world knows Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, the teenage sidekick of Doc Brown inÂ Back to the Future; as Alex P. Keaton inÂ Family Ties; as Mike Flaherty inÂ Spin City; and through numerous other movie roles and guest appearances on shows such asÂ The Good WifeÂ andÂ Curb Your Enthusiasm. Diagnosed at age 29, Michael is equally engaged in Parkinsonâ€™s advocacy work, raising global awareness of the disease and helping find a cure through The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsonâ€™s Research, the worldâ€™s leading non-profit funder of PD science. His two previous bestselling memoirs,Â Lucky ManÂ andÂ Always Looking Up, dealt with how he came to terms with the illness, all the while exhibiting his iconic optimism. His new memoir reassesses this outlook, as events in the past decade presented additional challenges.
InÂ No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality,Â Michael shares personal stories and observations about illness and health, aging, the strength of family and friends, and how our perceptions about time affect the way we approach mortality. Thoughtful and moving, but with Foxâ€™s trademark sense of humor, his book provides a vehicle for reflection about our lives, our loves, and our losses.
Running through the narrative is the drama of the medical madness Fox recently experienced, that included his daily negotiations with the Parkinsonâ€™s disease heâ€™s had since 1991, and a spinal cord issue that necessitated immediate surgery. His challenge to learn how to walk again, only to suffer a devastating fall, nearly caused him to ditch his trademark optimism and â€śget out of the lemonade business altogether.â€ť
Does he make it all of the way back? Read the book.