Lucky Man

Lucky Man

A Memoir

Book - 2002
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A funny, highly personal, gorgeously written account of what it's like to be a 30-year-old man who is told he has an 80-year-old's disease.

"Life is great. Sometimes, though, you just have to put up with a little more crap." --Michael J. Fox

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. Now, with the same passion, humor, and energy that Fox has invested in his dozens of performances over the last 18 years, 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.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation
Michael J. Fox is donating the profits from his book to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, which is dedicated to fast-forwarding the cure for Parkinson's disease. The Foundation will move aggressively to identify the most promising research and raise the funds to assure that a cure is found for the millions of people living with this disorder. The Foundation's web site, MichaelJFox.org, carries the latest pertinent information about Parkinson's disease, including:

A detailed description of Parkinson's disease How you can help find the cure Public Services Announcements that are aired on network and cable television stations across the country to increase awareness Upcoming related Parkinson's disease events and meetings Updates on recent research and developments
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2002
ISBN: 9780786867646
0786867647
Characteristics: 260 p. : ill
Alternative Title: Lucky man

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thomd
Jul 03, 2015

Listened to this on my drive across state. Read by the author (yay) and abridged (boo). A rambling memoir between career and disease and coping with both. I enjoyed parts of this book despite the writing style. Wouldn't seek out the unabridged version. Learned a lot about Parkinson's Disease. Now have a strong desire to rewatch Family Ties. Overall rating - liked it but didn't love it.

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nurse88
Dec 27, 2010

Michael J Fox's memoir about the ups and downs of his very public career is intertwined with stories from his childhood and ultimately his brave battle with early onset Parkinson's Disease. Despite the devastating effects of PD on his body it is clear from this memoir that Michael leads a life full of happiness and hope. His dedication to research into PD is to be admired. An interesting biography and positive story of hope and determination. Great read!

smc01 Jul 23, 2009

I read this one after reading his second book, Notes from an incurable optimist. This is not a typical celebrity biography. There is real substance here, and inspiration to be taken from the way Fox deals with Parkinson's Disease.

nadian Mar 18, 2008

Michael J. Fox brings the same wit, humour and insight that has graced his most famous roles. His memoir is both enganging and entertaining!

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Cabby
Nov 08, 2007

Inspiring. He's a great writer.

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