Michael J. Fox thanks wife Tracy for ‘carrying the burden’ of his Parkinson’s: She ‘handled a lot’

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after 35 years of marriage Michael J. Fox and his wife, tracy pollan, are in love as ever. In the actor’s new Apple TV+ documentary, Still: A Michael J. fox movie, they spoke candidly about the relationship and showed how supportive Tracy has been in the midst of his debilitating Parkinson’s disease. Michael was diagnosed with the disease in 1991, three years after their marriage. When he told Tracy the news, she said he remembered whispering to her, “In sickness and in health.” He has kept that vow for more than three decades.

“Tracy is the smartest person I know,” admitted Michael. “She’s learned to deal with a lot. How frustrating it must be to carry the burden of something that isn’t her burden. She shares it with me. Not only does she share it with me, she takes on more than I What I go through, passes.

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Michael J. Fox and Tracy on the red carpet. (Matt Barone/BEI/Shutterstock)

The documentary featured footage of Tracy accompanying Michael to a doctor’s appointment. She would listen attentively as they discussed his medications and treatments, sometimes giving her two cents. There were also clips of Michael enjoying time with Tracy and their four children, giving a glimpse of what life is like for the family. The actor praised his family for not letting his illness take over on a daily basis. Michael said, “When I’m with my family, no more ‘poor kid’, I feel your pain, you’re a saint among men.” “It would be the worst.”

Michael also explained how Tracy and his family were the reason he decided to get sober in 1992. He said he “drank to dissociate” and had “exacerbated Parkinson’s”. But after a particularly long night of partying, something clicked. ,[Tracy] Responded to my sorry state with indifference, ”explained Michael. “‘Is that what you want?’ He said. “Is this what you want to be?” I’ve never been so scared in my life.”

Describing his first years of sobriety as a “knife fight”, he began taking film roles in other parts of the world because he could not handle things at home. “Tracy was struggling and was really coming to the end of her rope,” Michael shared. “Well, we had twins. I had to go back to my family. That’s when he “made it.” [his] Bhavana” and decided to return to television with tern city, “The schedule suits my family’s rhythm,” he said.

The documentary also included a glimpse into the early days of Michael and Tracy’s relationship. they met when she played family relations, And Michael remembered the moment he fell in love with her. This happened after they filmed a scene together after their lunch break. “The moment she spoke her first line, I felt a little garlicky and had a little fun at her expense,” he said. ‘Who, some scampi for lunch, dear?’ At first she didn’t say anything. Even his facial expressions did not change. But looking into my eyes, she said softly, “That was mean and rude and you’re a complete ass.” No one talked to me like that. This woman was not intimidated at all by anyone I thought about. A pig is a pig no matter how many hit movies he has. She was joking, but I didn’t understand because no one would make fun of me like that. I was never a butt of jokes. He just poked through it and called me out. That’s when I fell in love with him.”

He added that he was “the person I love most” when he and Tracy finally got together, adding that “I still am.” Michael also praises Tracy for her honesty. “She’s so closed off about who she is because she’s so honest,” he said. ‘I can be the king of England and she will be his. I could be Elvis and she would be him.

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