Michael J Fox’ wife admits optimism can be ‘hard’ in marriage due to Parkinson’s

Michael J Fox pays tribute to his wife in ITV Lorraine interview

After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991, Michael J Fox had been open about the struggles of living with the chronic condition.

His wife Tracy Pollan recently made an honest admission about remaining hopeful while the actor continues to live with the incurable disease.

The actress attended the A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to Cure Parkinson’s Gala to raise funds and benefit the Michael J Fox Foundation. 

Speaking to Page Six, the 63-year-old confessed that “sometimes” she feels optimistic and sometimes she doesn’t.

“I don’t think you need to feel the pressure to be optimistic all the time because it’s hard. Life is hard.”

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Tracy added that for her, the key is to “just put one foot in front of the other and lean on family and friends for support.”

She and Michael got married in 1988 and share four children, son Sam,34, twin daughters, Aquinnah, and Schuyler, 28, and Esmé, 22.

Michael who is best known for his role as Marty McFly in the Back to the Future film trilogy, has also remained open with fans about the illness.

As well as health updates, the 62-year-old recently revealed he’s living “one day at a time.”

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In May, he remained optimistic yet realistic about his prognosis and told CBS: “You don’t die from Parkinson’s; you die with Parkinson’s. I’m not gonna be 80. I’m not gonna be 80.”

Michael also added he wasn’t afraid of his mortality: “One day I’ll run out of gas, one day I’ll just say, ‘It’s not going to happen. I’m not going out today.’

“If that comes, I’ll allow myself that. I’m 62 years old.”

He continued: “Certainly, if I were to pass away tomorrow, it would be premature, but it wouldn’t be unheard of. And so, no, I don’t fear that.”

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