Michael J Fox made a heartbreaking confession about his marriage and his wife’s decision to stick by his side through his illness.
The Back To The Future star was 29 in 1991 when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. His wife, Tracy Pollon, has been with him throughout his journey, and the pair celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary this past July.
However, things have been tough on Fox’s wife, and the actor has admitted he would have “forgiven” her if she had decided to “step out” on their marriage.
“At any time she would have been forgiven to say, ‘I’m just gonna step out,’” the 62-year-old actor said Thursday on CBS Mornings. “But, she didn’t do that.”
“I love Tracy obviously and she’s an amazing person and has gone through a lot,” Fox said. “I realise she has a life separate from me having Parkinson’s, from me being Alex Keaton or Marty McFly, she’s a person. I think that’s why it’s gone okay.”
“She had indicated to me by saying, for better or for worse, in sickness and in health. She was able to get me through it, and go through it with me. And she has for 35 years.”
Fox went on to add that one of the keys to their success has been striving to remain upbeat throughout his struggle.
“The positivity is really sincere,” he said. “I really feel it, and it’s genuine. But it’s hard fought and it’s hard won, I should say.”
Meanwhile, in 2018, he underwent surgery after doctors discovered he had a tumour near his spine.
At the time, he was told he may never walk again.
However, after several months of rehabilitation he learned to walk again only to end up breaking his arm months later.
Since then, Fox has had several further injuries, including battling an infection in his hand and “almost losing it” as a result.
“My hand got infected and then I almost lost it,” he revealed recently. “It was a tsunami of misfortune.”
He went on to admit that he doesn’t seem himself still being alive for another two decades, despite his will to survive. “You don’t die from Parkinson’s; you die with Parkinson’s,” added the iconic star.
“So I’ve been thinking of the mortality of it. I’m not going to be 80. I’m not going to 80.”