Michael J. Fox amazed the world in 1985 in the sci-fi film Back to the Future. The timeless motion picture told the story of a teenager, Fox, who traveled back in time in a mission to unite his parents to preserve his future survival. Throughout the film, Fox’s comedic nature ensured the film’s wide acclaim and success. In 1998, Fox publicly announced that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and in 2003, released a book discussing his experience with the disease. In Lucky Man: A Memoir by Michael J. Fox, Fox uses his naturally comedic perspective to show the reader how he has dealt with Parkinson’s Disease in a positive light.
In the book, Fox begins by describing his first experience with Parkinson’s Disease. He describes his pinkie one morning as trembling, twitching, auto-animated. And just as any other person might approach the situation, he was alarmed. At first, he thought it was because of the drinking from the previous night, and went started to search for answers. After a year of visiting doctor after doctor, he was finally diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.
At first, Fox’s diagnosis was extremely difficult for him to cope with. He had just been diagnosed with a disorder that not only affects motor function and leads to neuropsychiatric problems but also progressively gets worse. If it wasn’t for the support of Fox’s family and his wife Tracy Pollan, Tra, it brings to question whether Fox could have survived the hardship the news of is disease. And Fox does a fantastic job at describing the assistance he had through stories about his journey through Hollywood.
When Fox describes his journey though Hollywood, he doesn’t just how each story relates to his disease, but he also takes the time to discuss the ...
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...s course because it helps to increase awareness and sensitivity to those with disorders and diseases. The book helps the reader better understand the challenges such individuals have to overcome. In addition, Fox’s humorous nature presents challenges brought on by his disease at a unique angle so the reader can see both the demanding affects it brings and the many opportunities that are available to affected individuals.
In Lucky Man: A Memoir by Michael J. Fox, Fox uses his naturally comedic perspective to show the reader how he has dealt with Parkinson’s Disease in a positive light. Fox has shown the reader the challenges that come with such a disease and the fact that Fox has done so much in such a short period of time inspires me. The goal of COSI 109 is to help students better understand communication disorders and this book most certainly accomplishes that.