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Always Looking Up by Michael J. Fox
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Feb 23, 2010

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Read from February 20 to 23, 2010

One of a handful of celebrities with the misfortune to be stricken with PD, he has turned his situation into a battle cry to fight the disease. This short bio explains what this journey has meant to his career and family, while forcing him into the unfamiliar territory of politics. It's amazing that he's able to stay positive and keep his humor, but after finishing this book it becomes much clearer. He obviously loves his family and is a determined soul. It's the same determination that drove him to TV then film stardom without even finishing high school. This same determination helped drive him to build his foundation (well detailed here) and become a high profile spokesman for stem cell research.

The most enlightening part of the book is when he discusses the symptoms and progression of PD. As a public figure his continual challenges are enormous. You may remember that Rush Limbaugh even made fun of Fox's excessive PD body language, claiming that he was "acting" or "exaggerating." Michael handles all this with grace, using the opportunity to draw more publicity his cause.

Overall a good read. Inspiring and informative.
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