Michael J. Fox Opens Up About His Health, Life with Tracy Pollan: 'I'm in a Really Good Groove'

Michael J. Fox
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Michael J. Fox had an accident three years ago that put his optimistic outlook on life to the test. After a spinal operation, the actor, who had been ill with Parkinson's disease since 1992, fell seriously and broke his arm.
"I was so sorry about that moment as I was on the floor with a sack of bones," recalls Fox, 60, in this week's issue of PEOPLE. "And I was like, 'Who am I to tell people to cheer themselves up? Because that sucks.'"
But ultimately, "I realized that I could find gratitude," says Fox. "You can be a realist and an optimist at the same time. If I don't accept that, I'll get stuck."
Now Fox is moving forward - and looking ahead. On Saturday he will celebrate the 20th anniversary of his Michael J. Fox Foundation with a top-class fundraiser with performances by Sting and Brad Paisley.
With the foundation, which has raised over $ 1 billion to date for Parkinson's research, "we're loading all cannons and aiming them at the target," says Fox. “One of them will fire and it will happen. The disease is a problem that will persist until you resolve it.
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Physically, I'm "in a really good groove" these days, says Fox. "Every day is different. The circle [of what I can do] is getting smaller. But I'm glad I found things in the middle of the circle that you can't touch, like my family and the time I have with you. "
And with their youngest daughter Esmé, 19, in college, Fox and his wife Tracy Pollan, who are also parents of Sam, 32, and Aquinnah and Schuyler, 26, found empty nests.
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"We did an interesting thing," says Fox. “We sold our house and went to Santa Barbara for a few months. We'll be going to Malibu and hanging out later this year. We have no one to pick up at school! "
Still, the family is closer than ever, says Fox, no matter how far apart they are.
“I have a great family,” he says. "My kids are spectacular and they use their energies to change themselves and do things better. They should see our family text chain. It goes on forever!"
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Michael J. Fox
Canadian-American actor, comedian, writer, film producer, and activist with a career in film and television
Tracy Pollan
US-american actress

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