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Lucky Man, by Michael J. Fox

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message 1: by Marina H (last edited Mar 03, 2016 06:20AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Marina H | 1315 comments "A funny, highly personal, gorgeously written account of what it's like to be a 30-year-old man who is told he has an 80-year-old's disease.

"Life is great. Sometimes, though, you just have to put up with a little more crap." --Michael J. Fox

In September 1998, Michael J. Fox stunned the world by announcing he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease -- a degenerative neurological condition. In fact, he had been secretly fighting it for seven years. The worldwide response was staggering. Fortunately, he had accepted the diagnosis and by the time the public started grieving for him, he had stopped grieving for himself. Now, with the same passion, humor, and energy that Fox has invested in his dozens of performances over the last 18 years, he tells the story of his life, his career, and his campaign to find a cure for Parkinson's.

Combining his trademark ironic sensibility and keen sense of the absurd, he recounts his life -- from his childhood in a small town in western Canada to his meteoric rise in film and television which made him a worldwide celebrity. Most importantly however, he writes of the last 10 years, during which -- with the unswerving support of his wife, family, and friends -- he has dealt with his illness. He talks about what Parkinson's has given him: the chance to appreciate a wonderful life and career, and the opportunity to help search for a cure and spread public awareness of the disease. He is a very lucky man, indeed."

Marina H | 1315 comments Michael J. Fox seems to be the most honest and loving man. This book tells a lot about what it's like living with Parkinson's Disease not only for Fox himself but also for everybody else with the disease. It also gives an insight to what it's like being a celebrity, and how difficult it is to have any privacy.
I think he has wrote another book that tells even more about living with Parkinson's Disease and I'll definitely want to read that at some point.

Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1348 comments Loved this book. I grew up watching Michael J. Fox and found his memoir very engaging. I highly recommend it.

Marina H | 1315 comments Anastasia, have you read his second book?

One thing I really appreciated about this book was when Fox wrote about his wife, Tracy Pollan. I love their story, and how he talks about her. Such a strong and wonderful relationship even though they have had some battles and struggles.

Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1348 comments No I did not know he had a second book. This one felt like he was sitting at my kitchen table talking with friends, which is why I enjoyed it so much.

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