Michael J. Fox Talks Parkinson's Battle in Rolling Stone: I'm OK

Posted Friday September 13, 2013 11:35 AM GMT

He's making his big return to the small screen in the new series "The Michael J. Fox Show" and now Michael J. Fox is sharing details about his fight against Parkinson's disease in the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine.

During his interview with the publication, the "Back to the Future" actor opened up about his disease and his big decision to return to television.

Check out a few highlights from Mr. Fox's Q&A session below. For more, be sure to visit Rolling Stone!

On his acting:
"People said, 'Are you sure you can handle this? Are you sure you can take it on? Are you sure you can deal with it?' And I said, 'No. I'm not sure I can, but I want to and I have an opportunity to.' And another side of it, that I don't deal with every day but is certainly present, is that on some level it might be empowering for people."

On his symptoms:
"People look at me and have fear and sadness in their eyes, which they think they're seeing reflected back at them. They wouldn't see what I'm really feeling, which is, 'I'm OK!' But people are afraid. I did an interview with Larry King and it was a little more disjointed and fractured than usual, and I realized that it was the first time I'd talked to him since my diagnoses and that he was afraid. So I had to understand that before people deal with me, they're going to deal what they think I'm going through. Then time will pass and then they'll realize that this is just my life, the stuff I was given to deal with."

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