Michael J. Fox Lucky Man Analysis

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Reading an autobiography can supply valuable information about a person by revealing their narrative of personal challenges and successes. Michael J Fox wrote an autobiography about his challenges, including life with Parkinson’s disease. He fought a hard battle with alcoholism, depression, and family turmoil before and during the midst of his Parkinson’s diagnosis. In the beginning, he solely found solace in the bathtub trying to forget about his malady. However, he became an advocate; by embracing his diagnosis through representing his diagnosis, he slowly healed from the past, revealing his true identity. Growing social support correlated with a growth in his personal development. Every time social support increased it mirrored a discovery and betterment in himself. Furthermore, he progressed in an ever-changing personal growth, including managing his emotions and developing integrity. With this narrative of disability from Michael J Fox, it is evident that the identity crisis of acquiring a new disability can confound people’s lives; yet once the person accepts the disability, true stability and empowerment is found through advocacy and support. Throughout this process of social liberation and re-framing of the social model of …show more content…

After his diagnosis, he sinks into a deep low of uncertainty. Michael J Fox also found strength, purpose, and a successful life from advocacy (Fox, 2002). After reading the narrative, interviewing a person, and researching the subject, two main themes emerged. The first relates largely to finding a sense of purpose. Giving purpose to the diagnosis along with their life gives the person a reason to wake up and keep living. In addition, the theme of engaging in advocacy became apparent through both narratives. The emergence of similar themes from two stories of drastically different people, struggling with different diagnoses represents the true power of these

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