What I learned from Michael J. Fox

Whenever I think of Michael J. Fox, two things come to mind. 1) Marty McFly . 2) Tom Wilson’s Question song. One thing that I still have a hard time wrapping my mind around is the fact that he has Parkinson’s disease. This doesn’t strike me as odd since I still have a hard time gathering the mental organization to come to grips with my own liver transplant some days.

This past year has easily been the hardest year of my life to date. I started the year being sick; and having, in fact, been sick for almost 2 years – in and out of the hospital and local emergency room more times than I care to recount. I am ending the year happy, with family and friends and quite well. Easily 180 degrees off from where I started. I would have never guessed hat getting well would be harder than being sick; its as if I have learn how to be well again and train my mind to accept that I am no longer sick.

I stumbled onto this article on the Esquire website last week sometime, and it really hit home. I’m not a big keeping up with the Jones’ type of guy, and I am not into comparing things – especially diseases or medical afflictions; so I’m not going to try and rationalize whether or not Parkinson’s is worse than having had PSC and a Liver Transplant – but what I will say is that the two have overlapping similarities.

Anyone in this sort of situation can find something of value in this short article, it’s worth reading.

www.michaeljfox.org

www.esquire.com/features/what-ive-learned/michaeljfox0108

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