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In September 1998, Michael J. Fox stunned the world by announcing he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease: a degenerative neurological condition. In fact, he had been secretly fighting it for seven years. The worldwide response was staggering. Fortunately, he had accepted the diagnosis, and by the time the public started grieving for him, he had stopped grieving for himself. With the same passion, humor, and energy that Fox has invested in his dozens of performances, he tells the story of his life, his career, and his campaign to find a cure for Parkinson's.

Combining his trademark ironic sensibility and keen sense of the absurd, he recounts his life, from his childhood in a small town in western Canada to his meteoric rise in film and television, which made him a worldwide celebrity. Most importantly, however, he writes of the last 10 years, during which, with the unswerving support of his wife, family, and friends, he has dealt with his illness. He talks about what Parkinson's has given him: the chance to appreciate a wonderful life and career, and the opportunity to help search for a cure and spread public awareness of the disease. He is a very lucky man, indeed.

©2002 Michael J. Fox. All rights reserved; (P)2002 Simon and Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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"[Fox's] narrative and sentiment are heartfelt." (AudioFile)

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The True Story of Onset Parkinson's - Life Goes On

I should state that I have 2 disabling neurological diseases; Post-Polio and Guillain-Barré. So I am looking through the lens of someone who has gone through many of the same experiences, physically and mentally, as Michael J. Fox. In fact, that is the reason I chose to listen to this book.

Only someone who has a progressive disabling condition can tell the story, and Mr. Fox does an excellent job. As a narrator he is natural, relaxed, as if speaking a to close friend. He describes the challenges of dealing with the inevitable, in a matter of fact style that draws the listener into his world. It is an almost impossible task to explain the mental and physical effects to someone who has not experienced a disabling condition. Yet, as author and narrator he tells the story of the onset of Parkinson's as it happens. Being told by doctors that he is too young, hiding the symptoms from his employer, knowing that something is seriously wrong. (Disclaimer, my own experience parallels his so closely, that I can attest to his honesty)

For someone who has a disability his story resonates without a sense of pity. It is comforting, in astrange way, to relive the experiences, knowing that you are not alone. For those who do not have a disability his book is educational, and on its own merit a well told tale. I wish everyone would listen to Michael J. Fox tell his own story in his own words. I wish that people could understand what a person with a disability goes through, the world would be a kinder place.

The fact the he is a celebrity reaching the peak of his career when Parkinson's begins, adds an element of interest apart from his disease. The book is not depressing, it is even humorous at times. It is the story of a very likeable person, a husband, loving father and a hard working actor. Lucky Man is the first of Michael J. Fox's trilogy. Having thoroughly enjoyed this book, I bought the other two. I can't wait to listen to those books as well.

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  • Patti
  • Chittenango, NY, United States
  • 05-01-10

Not Bad for a Celebrity Story

I really do loathe celebrity books but I do occasioanlly get sucked up by curiosity to see what they say. There was not the typical dissappointment with this purchase.

As a nurse, I appreciate not only the simple explanation of MJF's experience of acknowledging his symptoms but also his explanations of diagnosis and treatment. No chronic illness is easy, especially for someone in the spotlight. It is sad that there is the "need" to try to hide an illness.

MJF is definitely an inspiration as a human being struggling with a devastating disease such as Parkinson's. I hope many benefit from not only the manner with which he handled his disease but also from his significant efforts to help the common man who find themselves in the same situation.

I encourage others to support the cause and read this book. Well done, Michael.

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  • Ossi
  • Lohja, Finland
  • 02-04-13

I wish I'd listened to the unabridged version

I completely missed that this was abridged version. I'm not sure if there even is unabridged version as an audio book, but if there is, listen to that instead. It can only be better.

That was pretty much the only downside worth mentioning about the listening experience. Michael reads the book him self, which really makes it so much better. The story is heartwarming yet honest and humble. He admits his problems, talks about'em openly and tells what are the most important things for him. He does not preach or try to be condescending.

If there has to be some other downside it is that only so much trivia and stories can fit into a book, especially abridged version. I really hoped there would be even more stories on back scenes of the movie sets and such. Michael seems to be pretty protective on his personal life what comes to his family, so that part is kept relatively shallow.

I thought I liked Michael J. Fox before, but now I like him even more. If you think you do, too, it's certainly worth listening.

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  • Joe
  • Allen, TX, United States
  • 06-01-09

This is must read!

Michael J. Fox presents himself and his illness with unusual honesty for an A-List actor. From his youthful days as a wandering and at times misguided teenager, to his stint as an in demand Hollywood star, Mr. Fox reveals his fortunes and fears with unabashed candor. This is a must read for fans!

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Michael J. Box is a verbal gymnast

I couldn't even get through the first chapter without consulting my dictionary at least 20 times. I love an author who can expand my vocabulary. This memoir has helped me to a deeper understanding of my mothers struggle with Parkinson's. God bless Michael J. Fox.

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Well Worth the 5 hours of listening

Being a fan of Michael J. Fox, more in particular his role as Marty McFly and his role in Frightners, I knew I wouldn't regret this book & I didn't! As a fair forewarning... this book can & does get "real". Fans of a happy go lucky store of the success of Mr Fox have a bit of a wait listening wise till they get to that part. However, this book isn't without it's life's harsh realities, Mr Fox does talk about his discovery of his condition, his semi denial of this degenerative disorder, his reluctancy to seek medical help, etc. Thankfully as a good book should, he eventually accepts his fate and tries his best to make his waning years of acting count, along with becoming a voice for Parkinson's Disease and the many who are afflicted by it. To summarize.. worth it!!

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Wow

I truly enjoyed this. What a wonderful way for you to tell your story.

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Appealing person

This is a sincere memoir from the person most of us already know somewhat. My thanks to Michael J Fox for his transparency, honesty, and authenticity.

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Great book!

I've always really liked Michael J. Fox. This book explains the beginning of his journey with Parkinson's and how he got into acting. I found it interesting, and I like him even more after listening to it.

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Well done.

Thoroughly appreciated the honesty and candor that MJF put into his
autobiographical book. His narration added to the authenticity of his desire to communicate what he has been through and how he has coped with his rise to success as well as his diagnosis with PD as well as bravely becoming a spokesperson to highlight this disease.

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  • M. Bell
  • 03-31-16

Abridged version didn't do justice to his story

Not well abridged, he seemed a little arrogant without much of the intriguing background. A shame.

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  • brian
  • 01-26-17

Real insight to marry mcfly and parkinsons

It's always been tough nowadays when I see Michael J Fox on tv wether it be an interview for the Back to the Future anniversary. I have many memories linked to my childhood, happy memories from the wonderfully entertaining films he was in. It was thought provoking as to how he coped with the disease, wonderful to hear he had such an amazing wife through it all and how he didn't let pd stop him from doing what he loved as long as possible. Not necessarily an enjoyable topic but it was am enjoyable book, read by the man himself.

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  • michael
  • 07-15-16

truly inspiration book - 5 Stars

absolutely loved this book, great insite that covers so much interesting parts of his life. really enjoyed that Michael narrated this book himself. highly recommend

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  • Jay
  • 04-12-16

amazing

I used to own this book in its paper form and have read it at least three times. However a while ago I had to throw out all my old books as my own degenerative neurological condition now stops me from turning the pages. So instead I got audible and once again I could enjoy this very truthful and down to Earth account of life before and after the diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease.
Michael J Fox is a very likeable character and I remember being truly upset when I heard of his diagnosis but I guess it was only a year after my own diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Now I listen to this account and I can appreciate the humorous descriptions and empathize with a litany of symptom situations. Very well written and excellently read. Thank you Michael J Fox!

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  • jane joensen
  • 07-15-14

The not so lucky man ..

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to anyone interesting in MJF and in hearing more about Parkinson's disease.

What three words best describe Michael J. Fox’s voice?

Frail, Boyish, Shaking

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I listened and feel sorry for Michael. I think that he deals with his situation remarkably.

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  • Denis Tamplin
  • 04-10-16

Excellent, truly excellent

I wish I had not waited so long to experience this story. Thank you Michael and thank you Nanna

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  • J Lymer
  • 08-29-17

Wonderfully Insightful

Being Canadian isn't a prerequisite for loving MJF or having an interest in his story. Lucky Man is a great read about living large, taking risks and taking stock. Also a nice reminder to live with gratitude.
Mike Fox lays bare his journey from denial to PD advocate with many funny stories in between.

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