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Michael Fox Reveals How He Copes With Ongoing Parkinson's Battle

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Michael J. Fox reflected on the standing ovation he received at the 2024 BAFTA Awards. In a recent interview with ET, the actor opened up about the emotional night as well as sharing some insight on his ongoing battle with Parkinson's Disease.

Fox, known for his activism and work with his foundation, was celebrated at the event in London's Royal Festival Hall, where he made a surprise appearance to present the Best Film award back in February. "It's still really surprising," the 62-year-old admitted in the interview, attributing the ovation not just to personal accolades but as a "recognition of determination and resolve to solve the big problem," and that he thinks "People are just saying, 'Thanks for hanging in there and going after this.' And I appreciate that."

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Michael J. Fox attends the 2024 EE BAFTA Film Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on February 18, 2024 in London, England. Fox recently opened up about his ongoing battle with Parkinson's disease in an... Stephane Cardinale/Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images

Fox has been openly battling Parkinson's since his diagnosis in 1991 at the age of 29, and views himself as a symbol of optimism. "That's what people were responding to at the BAFTAS... The issue is that people really want to believe that we can do things, and I think they see me as somebody who's doing that." he said. The Back to the Future alum was escorted on stage at the BAFTAS back in February in a wheelchair after being presented on stage by Doctor Who's David Tennant. He continued to stand and presented the award, where he received his emotional standing ovation.

While talking about his diagnosis, Fox's approach is pragmatic and focused on the collective, rather than his individual struggle: "After 35 years or something since I've been diagnosed, this is just my life and I don't think about it much... I don't even think about [it]. Except that I'm thinking about what we're going to do as a community to figure this out and find a cure -- and short of a cure, [create] treatment centers that are really groundbreaking."

Despite the challenges, Fox remains positive, considering his life "a great ride" filled with "all the good stuff."

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