The Most Optimistic Guy in Hollywood

Actor Michael J. Fox talks to Beliefnet about his battle with Parkinson's disease, why he looks at life more spiritually now, and how he stays optimistic and grateful.

d.benitez

07/23/2009 06:10:28 PM

I have always loved Michael J. Fox. He is a great actor and a great human being. I do have to agree with "Shack6896" though that it is disturbing that his belief is in a "Higher Power" rather than "God" himself. He has great optimism and encouraging words which I believe are truly from his heart, but, his glory and thankfullness is misplaced. It is God who has given him life, not a higher power. God is much more than a higher power. He is everything. You can have self reliance as another viewer put it, but, our reliance is God more than ourselves. We wake up everyday because God allows us to. We breathe because he gives us breath. (Genesis 2:7) "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground; and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul". God has allowed Micheal to wake up each morning since his diagnosis and He (God) has seen him through. My prayer for Michael is that he recognizes GOD (Jesus) over this Higher Power. It is not about not identifying with a particular Faith or Religion, it is about a Relationship with Jesus Christ who gave his life for us all so we could have everlasting life with Him when our life on earth is over. (John 3:16) "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. To Michael: My prayers are with you that you find Jesus in a real way so you can experience the love that God has for you and how much he wants to be a part of you life over this "Higher Power" D. Benitez

annclark82

06/09/2009 02:45:26 PM

Michael, Reading “what inspires you” on your optimism for life was very uplifting. You said some things that were very attention-grabbing and really hit home with me, physically, mentally and spiritually, and certainly gave phase to my perspective. I really appreciate you and thank you for your honesty and sharing. For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don't believe, no proof is possible.

poets

06/02/2009 05:28:09 PM

Optimism Michael is definitely part of the cure for Parkinson's. Now that you have part of the puzzle I pray in the name of Jesus Christ that he completes your puzzle, maximizing your optomism with the medical research to complete your goal.the chances of a cure have improved 100% just by you being there.push on, nothing is impossible when you have faith and the will to carry it through .

pamaisano

05/29/2009 10:36:29 AM

Michael: You have given us all so much pleasure through your talents on screen, and now you give us pause to consider how we view each day through your inspiring optimism. May you continue to experience peace and blessings!

kateema

05/22/2009 11:59:46 AM

The entire program was such a positive message to anyone with any illness that the strength we all have within us is only to be discovered and it is what we do with that strength that is what counts. I have to say that I enjoyed watching Michael feeling so well in Bhutan. I really do think that love of the simple things in life and lowering stress and feeling the natural healing of the earth (not to be too woo woo here), but you can physically see a difference in not only Michael but everyone, the smiles! I have just gone through a bought with cervical cancer and I am happy to say that my outlook is very optimistic and positive and I had help with a teacher like MJF! What perfect timing for me personally and I am sure this has taught and touched others globally! Thank you, and I send positive energy and prayers to Michael and his family to restore your health completely! Every day has possibilities, they may as well be great ones!

gorky6

05/13/2009 10:40:37 AM

Hi Michael,Have always enjoyed Family Ties and Back to the Future.God willing you either be healed,which is possible with God,go to a Benny Hinn healing,praying session.All things are possible with God,that are impossible with man.Whatever two on earth ask in Jesus name my father in heaven will give it to them.Believe and you will recieve.If I say to this mountain be thou removed and don't doubt in my heart ,it will obey me and be cast into the ocean.The same thing with sickness and disease.Jesus healed 10 lepors,but only one came back to thank God.Walk by faith and not by sight.Call 1-800-759-0700 they will pray for you Michael.

poetrix

05/12/2009 10:14:16 AM

Thank you Michael for going public. Thank you for enduring the humiliation and snide remarks from certain of the press. Thank you for what must be a huge struggle to keep this public persona where we can see you, grow from your words and example and most of all just THANK YOU MICHAEL for your courage. I was diagnosed in 2003 and your book helped me to remember to keep the window open. If I can give only one person the strength your book gave me I will feel my life matters. Think of how many times that is multiplied in yours. God Bless you!

gclem

05/12/2009 05:02:48 AM

Michael J. Fox, YOU are my hero. I hope one day I will met you in person to tell you that your a inspiration to my life.

swinter5

05/09/2009 03:24:29 PM

When I had a nervous breakdown at 20 - after securing my dream job in the Senate in Washington, D.C. - I "obtained" the label of "mentally ill." I had always been an A student; was Senior Class President in high school; was attending Univerrsity, etc. And, to have my mental prowess be questioned was totally unbelievable. I've had bipolar disorder for 41 years, and through my faith in God, have been on the road to recovery ever since. There is NO cure for bipolar, but you CAN "maintain" on antipsychotic medications, seeing your psychiatrist regularly, and cognitive therapy. Unfortunately, all the precautions I take to keep it under control, don't always work. I've had set-backs and relapses, but staying constantly in touch with my psychiatric community has kept me out of the psych ward for 32 years. I - like Mr. Fox - am a "cockeyed optimist" about my condition. I've researched it, and belong to the website BipolarCentral.com, which has taught me a LOT about the disorder. Where there is LIFE, there is HOPE. I'm 61 now, and plan on getting a LOT older before this is done. Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!!

aueriella

05/08/2009 04:49:32 PM

In reference to what sitnpretti had to say about AA groups....I am sorry to inform you that even though AA sounds like a wonderful place to go for support, it teaches the person going there that they have to be co-dependent on a further recovering alcoholic to get through any crisises that may spring up in daily life. I'm sorry, but I have little good to say about the AA program in that it doesn't fully show that the person with the drinking problem needs to reach deep down inside themselves and control their situation. Sometimes that sponsor isn't always available to pull them out of their rut. Think about it. I feel that Michael J. Fox has done a fabulous job in being self reliant and self sufficient, seeking advice and information when necessary, but using the people who know him the best as his support group.

dmdifalco

05/08/2009 11:01:12 AM

For me being Optimistic is a must; 3 years ago I was diagnosed with a spinal cord disease which leaves me in constant pain so I CAN TOTALLY RELATE to Michael J. Fox (who is a true Hero and Inspiration in my Book!) To deal with my malady I decided to start writing down all of my Blessings...adding new ones each day. This was a while back and now I feel like one of the richest, most content individuals on the face of the earth although I daily deal with chronic pain. I can't imagine my life any other way now. I've never been so emotionally content and grateful that my lot is not worse. My only alternative to feeling the pain would be no pain...either being paralized or not alive. Being Optimistic doesn't mean you don't have a struggle or bad days~~~it just gives you that added Hope that tomorrow may not be as bad as today. It's a constant motivation to seek out the positive. It really really works! I loved the program on Television last night with Michael....it was AWESOME!

shack6896

05/08/2009 08:53:37 AM

He is awesome for his courage and inspiration. But I cant help but think it sad that he doesnt give God the glory for it all. Wow can you imagine the impact he would have?! To give Jesus the recognition for his life and strength? It is my prayer he believes and receives the free gift waiting for him. Then God will reveal himself to him. We are here only for a short while and I hope while I am here I do more than help those that are here while they are here. What is a lifetime compared to eternity? Make a difference for eternity! This is my prayer.

sitnpretti

05/07/2009 10:17:20 PM

What soul searching he has done. There are many people in the world that have trouble with the concept of a higher power. The idea that if alcohol or something like alcohol or a disease which takes control of your life it is a higher power is an incredible realization. The concept that there must be a higher power in the universe could help many get beyond their resistance to giving themselves over to a higher power out of fear of losng control of their lives. Facing the truth that their problem is a higher power than they are, and there must be a higher power to fight for them is an awesome concept. The AA groups around the world might be able to reach a lot more people.

melga22

05/07/2009 10:07:25 AM

MIchael J. Fox is awesome.

safehaven

05/07/2009 05:28:57 AM

What a beautiful soul this man has! Praise God for His wonderful gifts through adversity. He is always drawing our eyes upward to look at His loving face and praise Him for being our Abba (Daddy). May God bless all who enter here. Annita aka Safehaven

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In an ABC primetime special, actor Michael J. Fox talks about what he's learned in his battle with Parkinson's Disease, what optimism means, and how it's a force in our lives. The special airs Thursday, May 7.

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In an ABC primetime special, actor Michael J. Fox talks about what he's learned in his battle with Parkinson's Disease, what optimism means, and how it's a force in our lives. The special airs Thursday, May 7.

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