Michael J. Fox has battled a series of health issues during the past year, detailing them in an interview published today by The New York Times. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991, but more recently has been dealing with a spinal cord injury.
“I was having the recurring problem with my spinal cord,” he told The Times. “I was told it was benign but if it stayed static I would have diminished feeling in my legs and difficulty moving.”
The New York Post reports: “Fox, who shot to fame in the ‘80s, said the issues were ‘getting ridiculous’ and at one point, was trying to differentiate which symptoms were coming from his Parkinson’s and which were from his spinal ailment.”
Said Fox: “So I had surgery, and an intense amount of physical therapy after. I did it all, and eventually people asked me to do some acting.”
But the health problems continued.
“Last August, I was supposed to go to work,” Fox told The Times. “I woke up, walking into the kitchen to get breakfast, misstepped and I went down. I fractured the hell out of my arm. I ended up getting 19 pins and a plate. It was such a blow.”
Fox is now said to be on the mend, and is working on a new book.