When I Saw: How Michael J. Fox Showed Me Possibility.
I grew up watching Michael J. Fox. Family Ties, Teenwolf, Back to The Future. I was a big fan. And he was my first crush as a teenager. In the 1990’s I loved the film The Frighteners. Loved the TV show Spin City even more. The guy was just so damn funny. And he knew how to pull an emotional response from his audience. Little did I know what was going on behind the scenes.
A lot of you will know the story. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and used tricks like putting hands in his pockets to hide the tremors from cast and audience on the set of Spin City.
I read his autobiography, cataloguing his life from denial and anger to acceptance and becoming advocate. He has found a way to maximise the time his body gives him and has continued to work.
When I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, a condition that is life changing but not degenerative like Parkinson’s, I found myself thinking about how Michael J. Fox. I found myself thinking about how he kept hammering himself before needing to regroup and find a new way of being, how he seems to work with his health and not against it, that for him the concept of physical ‘wellness’ is subjective. I bring this value now to my work a Life Coach and Organisational Consultant. It is about my mindfulness, about seeing others from the standpoint of compassion and lovingkindness.
I feel an overwhelming sense of appreciation for Michael J. Fox , not only for demonstrating grace under pressure, but also displaying dignity and integrity. He has remained true to who he is. He has shown me the power of adapting, agility and the thirst to inspire the same in others.
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