Michael J Fox health: Back to the Future star's admission over Parkinson's ...

MICHAEL J FOX admitted he thought his Parkinson's diagnosis was "a mistake" as he grappled with the realisation his body had succumbed to the devastating disease.

PUBLISHED: 08:55, Tue, Nov 17, 2020 | UPDATED: 08:55, Tue, Nov 17, 2020

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The Back to the Future star has released a telling memoir that dissects his ongoing crusade to find a cure for the traumatic disorder, which causes nerve cells in the brain to slowly die, affecting a person's control of their movement. The 59-year-old has become a longtime campaigner as he continues to fight to find a treatment for the condition, raising millions through his Michael J Fox Foundation. He will discuss this battle in No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Morality, and no doubt recall the personal dilemma he had while keeping his diagnosis a secret from his family for seven years.

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But in one tragic encounter, Fox opened up about the reality of being given the diagnosis and how he didn't really believe his body had developed Parkinson's.

Speaking on TODAY, he said: "I thought it was a mistake.

"I really thought it was a mistake and I got a couple of second opinions, third opinions."

In 2014, alongside actor Ryan Reynolds, whose father Jim battled Parkinson's for 19 years until his death in 2015, Fox was then asked if he had become "tired of being the face of Parkinson's?"

Michael J Fox health: Back to the Future star's admission over Parkinson's 'mistake'Michael J Fox health: Back to the Future star's admission over Parkinson's 'mistake' (Image: GETTY)

Michael J Fox health: Back to the Future star's admission over Parkinson's 'mistake'Michael J Fox health: Back to the Future star's admission over Parkinson's 'mistake' (Image: GETTY)

The actor added: "I really don't. When I made my diagnosis known it's been a tremendous opportunity, and a tremendous privilege.

"It's a degenerative progressive

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