PUBLISHED: 20:05, Wed, Nov 4, 2020 | UPDATED: 20:05, Wed, Nov 4, 2020
Michael J. Fox, 59, has explained he had to deal with a health setback two years ago, which made him lose his optimism. The Family Ties actor’s “darkest moment” was unrelated to his Parkinson’s diagnosis, which he went public with in 1998.
However, he compounded the problem with his other health issues at the time, making himself feel worse.
Alongside Parkinson’s disease, Michael also had a tumour removed from his spine and broke his arm after a fall at home.
The tumour, which he suffered with in 2018, was noncancerous, but was growing rapidly and causing him significant pain.
It “was constricting the [spinal] cord, so they had to be very careful in removing it so they wouldn’t do further damage,” he explained.
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Michael J. Fox opens up on his ‘darkest moment’ since Parkinson’s diagnosis (Image: GETTY)
Michael J. Fox had to deal with a health setback two years ago, (Image: GETTY)
Although the surgery was risky, it was successful and Michael began a four-month process in which he had to learn to walk again.
Once Michael had recovered, he went on holiday with his family on Martha’s Vineyard, in Massachusetts, and returned to their New York City apartment alone so he could film a cameo in a Spike Lee movie the following day.
He then suffered a fall in his kitchen on the morning of the shoot and badly broke his arm.
The star told People magazine: “That was definitely my darkest moment.
Michael J. Fox broke his arm in 2018 (Image: GETTY)