Michael J. Fox: Parkinson’s “Doesn’t Define Me”

Mar. 30 2009, Published 5:42 a.m. ET

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Continuing to inspire his fans, Michael J. Fox paid a visit to Oprah Winfrey to promote his new book Always Looking Up and to share where he the lessons he’s learning from his struggle with Parkinson’s disease.

"I'm a dad, I'm a husband, I'm an activist, I'm a writer and I'm just a student of the world," he tells Winfrey on her show airing Tuesday. "This is one fact of my life, but it's not the totality of my life. It doesn't define me."

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Describing what living with the affliction is like, Fox said it is akin to "having a 4-year-old climbing on you all the time, and so whatever you're trying to do, you've got this 4-year-old and you're ... just trying to be patient and focus on what you need to do."

His new book centers on how his diagnosis helps him see challenges as opportunities.



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