Some symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD) are hard for even specialists to detect. Others are obvious even to an untrained eye. And Parkinson's symptoms are different for different patients. Many patients experience some symptoms and not others, and the pace at which the disease worsens varies on an individual basis. Keep in mind that only a doctor can make a Parkinson's diagnosis and that any one symptom of Parkinson's could be caused by other conditions. Visit a movement disorders specialist if you think you may be experiencing Parkinson's symptoms.
Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991, at age 29, and disclosed his condition to the public in 1998. Fox semi-retired from acting in 2000 as the symptoms of his disease worsened. He has since become an advocate for research toward finding a cure; he created the Michael J. Fox Foundation , and on March 5, 2010, Sweden's Karolinska Institutet gave him a honoris causa doctorate for his work in advocating a cure for Parkinson's disease. 
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