Parkinson’s Research

Our January book club book is Lucky Man by Michael J. Fox. This autobiography is inspiring and extremely well written. I really enjoyed it.

As the public we only see the strong and well coping Michael J. Fox and it was good to read about his struggle to accept and live with Parkinson’s disease. It was a very long, tough personal journey for him. His relationship with Tracy and his father are endearing and telling.

Outside of Michael’s personal story, I thought the following quote from Lucky Man was very reflective of what young Hollywood actors and musicians are going through today. With the death of Heath Ledger and the fall of Britney Spears, we look for reason and answers to why this happens to so many.

“An actor’s burning ambition, when you think about it, is to spend as much time as possible pretending to be somebody else. For those of us lucky (or unstable) enough to become professional performers, the uncertainty about who we really are only increases. For many actors, this self-doubt is like a worm eating away at you and growing, incongruously, in direct proportion to your level of success. No matter how great the acceptance, adulation, and accumulation of wealth, gnawing at you always is the deep-seated belief that you’re a fake, a phony. Even if you can bull-shit your way through whatever job you’re working on now, you’d better prepare for the likelihood that you’re never going to get another one.”

Insecurities are something common to this bunch. Imagine living your life under that sort of scrutiny, pressure and self loathing for just one day, let alone years on end. You would likely lose it as well.

Lucky Man also addresses the foundation that he formed. Although he never saw himself as an activist, he has formed an amazing organization who is actually in the business of getting results.

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