I've always been a big fan of Michael J. Fox. Let me say that from the start. When I was diagnosed in 2000, I saw MJF as a hero -- willing to put himself "out there" to discuss his condition, which at the time was largely considered an "old fogey" disease.
I think it's nice that he's going back to work on series TV -- a four-episode role on the FX drama "Rescue Me." It will be a great benefit -- if done well -- if it raises awareness of "Parkies" in the work place.
But let's not declare Mike a super hero... at least not for this. It's good. But it's something that thousands of us with Parkinson's Disease do every day. We get up in the morning, we take that first dose of whatever we're taking to get us moving normally, we get in our cars, and we go to work. We work all day, giving this beast of a disease as little thought as possible, then we go home. Then we repeat it all the next day.
I'm not knocking Michael. Far from it. He's still my hero. And he's done wonders with his Michael J. Fox foundation.
Let's instead look at his work on TV as a testament to the spirit of Parkies everywhere who get up every morning and refuse to let PD keep them down.
Causes Bill Schmalfeldt Supports
Parkinson's Disease Research
National Parkinson's Foundation
The Michael J. Fox Foundation