Michael J Fox I wouldn’t have blamed my wife Tracy Pollan if she had decided to leave him after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
“You could have told her at any time: ‘I’m just getting out.’ But she didn’t,” Fox, 62, said during an appearance on Thursday, November 9th CBS Morning. “She had indicated it to me by interceding 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 it’s been that way for 35 years.”
He added: “We knew the bus was coming and we knew it was going to hit, but we didn’t know how far away it was or how fast it was going.”
The Back to the Future Star received his diagnosis in 1991, three years after he married Pollan, 63. The couple met while working together on season 4 of Family ties, where Pollan played Ellen Reed, the love interest of Fox’s Alex P. Keaton. Romance blossomed three years later when they met again for their big screen film in 1988 Bright lights, big city. The couple celebrated their 35th anniversary of marriage in July.
“It’s been great for me, I don’t know what it’s like for her,” Fox joked of the duo’s decade-long romance, noting that Pollan maintaining an identity outside of his career and health struggles is likely a key to maintaining a healthy one Health is relationships.
“I obviously love Tracy and she’s an amazing person and has been through a lot,” he said. “I realize that she has a life that is different from my Parkinson’s, from me being Alex Keaton or Marty McFly, she is a person. I think that’s why everything went well.”
While the two continued to cope with Fox’s health challenges, they also expanded their family. They share children Sam (33), twins Schuyler and Aquinnah (both 28) and Esmé (21).
In May, Fox released his documentary: Despite it, in which he recalled his fledgling acting career and described his battle with Parkinson’s disease over the past 30 years. Fox also touched on the beginning of his love story with Pollan on the show, sharing that he “fell in love” with her after she proved she wasn’t afraid to mess with him – but admitted that there was It took a second for him to appreciate it.
“I was a little ad-k,” he said of his response after Pollan called him “completely shit” for pointing out her garlic breath. “She was joking, but I didn’t understand it because no one would ever joke with me like that. I was never the butt of jokes.”
Throughout their relationship. Pollan has supported Fox in his Parkinson’s advocacy efforts and has served on the board of his Michael J. Fox Foundation since 2000. In March, a source exclusively shared Us weekly that the actress has been her husband’s “biggest cheerleader” since learning of his diagnosis.
“If anything, it’s brought them closer together,” the insider shared at the time. “She could see how Tracy stepped up and helped in every way [make] Michael is falling more in love with her and enjoys showering her with love and gifts these days.”
When talking to CBS Morning On Thursday, Fox admitted that while the battle against Parkinson’s disease – for which there is no cure – remains difficult, optimism is driving it forward.
“Positivity is really sincere and it makes me feel really good and real,” he said. “But it’s hard fought and it’s hard won, I would say. This fear that we can find ways to just give ourselves a break, to give ourselves credit for getting through life and our life journeys. To achieve that, you have to stop and say, ‘It’s not that bad.'”