Michael J Fox’s new memoir, “No Time Like the Future,” will be released on November 17th. The actor, who went public with his Parkinson’s diagnosis in 1998, opened up about the “darkest moment” of his life. Two years ago, doctors found a noncancerous tumor on Michael’s spine. It was growing rapidly and causing terrible pain throughout his body. “I was heading for paralysis if I didn’t get it operated on,” he revealed. While the surgery was risky, it ended up being a success.
Next, the “Family Ties” star started a four-month process to learn to walk again. He thought the worst was behind him, but suffered another setback when he fell in his kitchen and broke his arm. Calling that his darkest moment, he said, “I just snapped. I was leaning against the wall in my kitchen, waiting for the ambulance to come, and I felt like, ‘This is as low as it gets for me.’ It was when I questioned everything. Like, ‘I can’t put a shiny face on this. There’s no bright side to this, no upside. This is just all regret and pain.’”
Michael was finally able to tap into his optimism by being grateful. “Optimism is sustainable when you keep coming back to gratitude, and what follows from that is acceptance. Accepting that this thing has happened, and you accept it for what it is,” he noted. “It doesn’t mean that you can’t endeavor to change. It doesn’t mean you have to accept it as a punishment or a penance, but just put it in its proper place. Then see how much the rest of your life you have to thrive in, and then you can move on.”