Michael J. Fox on CNN...

  1. Did anyone of you catch Michael J. Fox's speech to a Senate Subcommittee on Parkinson's Disease on CNN this AM? I did, and I don't know when I have been so deeply moved. Despite the fact that he could barely sit still, due to the tremors which were racking his body, he delivered such an eloquent speech and with such dignity, that even many of the subcommittee members were visibly moved, too. I have always admired this man, not only because he is a brilliant actor and a class act...but I admire him even more, for his courage..and for speaking out against this disease, which will eventually kill him.
    http://www.cnn.com/2002/HEALTH/05/22...ing/index.html
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   oramar
    yes, I agree with everything you say 100%
  4. by   P_RN
    Excellent Advocate.
  5. by   nursedawn67
    I wish I had known it was going to be on....what a courageous guy!
  6. by   CseMgr1
    Michael J. Fox was my son's hero during the 80's, when he was growing up. He was shorter (like Fox) than the other kids, and, of course they taunted him mercilessly. When "Back to the Future" came out, I pointed out to him that being short hadn't stopped his hero from being a success. I don't know how many times Andrew watched that video after that, but it certainly helped to boost his self-esteem...and to ignore the bullies. He has grown up to be a successful software engineer and a doting father of one (soon to be two)....and I credit Michael J. Fox for being such an excellent role model. It is just a shame that he has had to become so sick, so early...=(
  7. by   LasVegasRN
    I agree 100% also...

    I also read in an interview with him that in order for the committee to see how very badly this disease affects him he will not take his medication before testifying - moreso to illustrate in person how important funding needs to be available for patients who cannot afford to buy medication. I don't know of anyone else who would go so far to prove a point... what an incredible guy.
    :angel2:
  8. by   rachet65
    I also agree 100%. It is just so difficult to watch him. You can see him suffering so much, and yet, he goes on. I am a very lucky person.
  9. by   KaraLea
    If you haven't read his autobiography yet (Lucky Man) this is an increadable look at life with Parkinsons.
  10. by   KaraLea
    Also, my father has Parkinsons so my family has been living with the disease on a daily basis and we have been following Fox's story. I wish I had known to watch his testimony.

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