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September 29th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Michael J. Fox on Parkinson's and life

Dr. Sanjay Gupta
CNN Chief Medical Correspondent

(CNN) - When I went to Michael J. Fox’s neighborhood this morning, I had no idea what time we would start our interview. “He has to time his medications,” I was told. “When his medications kick in, he will be ready.” As far as I could tell, Fox’s medications kicked in right away, and for the next 90 minutes, we talked about everything.

Fox spoke about the hard shoes he has to wear first thing in the morning, because his feet and legs are so stiff. He humorously added that he just puts his toothbrush in his mouth, and lets the movement of his head do the rest of the work. As a neurosurgeon, it was fascinating to hear Michael describe his own brain surgery with such great clarity and his fears about doing it again. “Well, it is brain surgery…" he said with flourish.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Sanjay Gupta
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  1. Cathy S

    Thanks Sanjay for what looks to be a great story. And thanks, Michael for who you are. You are braver than anyone I know. I sincerely mean that- you could have closed up shop and stayed home, keeping your illness to yourself. Because of who you and Tracy are, Parkinsons is getting the attention it's never gotten. You have turned up the heat for action. Thanks

    September 29, 2010 at 11:55 pm |
  2. Annie Kate

    I hope Michael's foundation finds the answers to this disease. To get this disease at age 30 is horrible for anyone – Michael getting it has brought a lot of attention to the disease and hopefully this attention will help further the work of finding more out about the disease and how to treat it and cure it.

    September 29, 2010 at 10:10 pm |