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Running head: LIVING WITH PARKINSON'S DISEASE 1 7-1 Final Project-NUR 315 Living with Parkinson’s Disease Rhonda Manning Southern New Hampshire University
LIVING WITH PARKINSON’S DISEASE 2 Living with Parkinson’s Disease The well-known celebrity that I am writing about is Michael Andrew Fox, also known as Michael J. Fox, he was born in Edmonton, Alberta Canada on June 9, 1961. The biography of Michael J. Fox tells us that he was a Canadian-American actor, comedian with a television and film career, who also is an author, film producer and activist. Michael’s dad, Mr. Michael Fox was in the Canadian Armed Forces, so Michael J. Fox, his parents, three sisters and brother moved around a lot during Michael’s childhood. Michael J. Fox like other kids in Canada dreamed of playing hockey in The National Hockey League someday. When he entered his teenage years, he then started flirting with creative writing, art, and played guitar with a garage band. His first debut as an actor was at age 15 where is co-starred in the sitcom “Leo and Me” on Canadian Broadcasting Corp (CBC). From the age 15-19 years of age Michael J. went back and forth between local theater and TV work until he was able to get a few roles in American TV movies that were shooting in Canada. Michael J.’s first role on TV that I remember was in “Family Ties”, where he played as Alex P. Keaton from 1982-1989. He also earned three Emmy awards and a Golden Globe, which made him very popular young actor. Michael J. Fox married actress Tracy Pollan, in 1988 and together they have four children. Having the children inspired Michael J. to perform in projects that his children would enjoy, so he voiced over in a variety of children films starting in 1990. Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson’s disease back in 1991 at the early age of 29 years old, but he didn’t let the public know about his diagnosis until 1998. Later, he began campaigning for Parkinson’s research and started the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s disease research in 2000.
LIVING WITH PARKINSON’S DISEASE 3 Michael J. Fox returned full-time acting in 2012. Michael J. Fox spoke to the public explaining that there was a drug cocktail that helped him control the symptoms and side effects of his Parkinson’s disease so that he could play a character on TV that had Parkinson’s disease. Michael J. Fox continues to be an entertaining actor and the best spokesman for Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson's disease (PD) is a developing neurologic movement disorder that unfortunately leads to disability. The PD’s is caused by a decrease in the level of dopamine in the brain that destroys the pigmented neuronal cells in the substantia nigra in the basal ganglia. The onset of PD usually happens after 40 years of age, putting the onset being 60 years of age. It has been calculated that 60,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed each year and its estimated that 10 million people worldwide are living with PD (McCance & Huether, 2014). The main area of the brain where the disease features the degeneration is the basal ganglia. McCance & Huether

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