Michael J. Fox: Wife saved me

Michael J. Fox "wouldn't be alive" if it wasn't for his wife.

The American actor has been married to Tracy Pollan for 25 years and the couple have four children together.

Michael was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease when he was just 30, resulting in his nervous system being affected by tremors, muscular rigidity and slight imprecise movements.

He has returned to acting after a hiatus and the Back to the Future star credits his spouse for helping him regain his confidence and praises her constant support.

"I wouldn't be alive today if it weren't for Tracy, I don't doubt that. People picture Tracy as this paragon of stoicism, this long-suffering wife, and that's all b******t. This is my situation and she deals with it, and I never feel like, 'I'm sorry you have to put up with this' - it's nothing like that," he insisted to British newspaper The Guardian. "When I told her about the Parkinson's I said to her, 'Are you in for this?' and she said, 'I'm in for it.' And that was it. It was still a struggle but that was a really great moment. She is so funny and she puts up with my happy idiot persona."

Michael has come to terms with his condition and accepts there may not be a cure in his lifetime. However, he remains hopeful that someday there will be an end to Parkinson's and he is happy to live with it for as long as he can.

"Finding a cure? I don't view that as something that will happen in my lifetime," he admitted. "That's - that's not my purpose, to find a cure for myself, and that's not noble of me, that's just the way it goes. But I know somebody will one day figure it out."

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