Michael J. Fox has inspired millions with his courageous optimism and self-deprecating humor while battling Parkinson’s disease.
“My first reaction to it was to start drinking heavily,” he told Howard Stern on his Sirius XM Radio show Wednesday. “I used to drink to party, but now I was drinking alone and … every day.”
“Once I did that it was then about a year of like a knife fight in a closet, where I just didn’t have my tools to deal with it,” he adds.
He credits his wife, Tracy Pollan, 53, for pulling him out of his funk. He says she looked at him one day and said, “Is this what you want?”
Fox knew the answer was no and headed to Alcoholics Anonymous and, eventually, therapy, which he says taught him to “take one day at a time.”
“Eventually, things got pretty great,” he says.
The actor launched The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, which has raised millions for the disease.