For those of you who aren't aware, Michael J. Fox (the guy who played Marty McFly in Back To The Future I, II, and III) has had Parkinson's Disease since 1991. Parkinson's is a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder. Like Lupus, there is no cure. Also like Lupus, an estimated 1 million Americans have Parkinson's.
The most inspiring thing about Mr. Fox, is how incredibly upbeat and hopeful he is. He was sitting down, his right arm placed on the chair he was sitting, and you could see it moving back and forth, keeping pace with an invisible metronome. I was sitting in the Riff Raff room because my friends and I were some of the overflow guests. But this had it's benefit because I could clearly see Mr. Fox's face. I'm so used to seeing him as Marty McFly. He has been an eternal teenager in my mind, until now. He is no longer a smooth-faced youth. The movement of the lines on his face just emphasized everything he was saying. Hearing him talk about how positive he stays made my eyes burn from the tears dying to come out. There was one line he said (and I'm so glad Ellen has already posted this on YouTube so I can quote this correctly), "If you imagine the worst case scenario and it happens, you've lived it twice."
I am so glad that I was able to be there in person, even if I couldn't see him in person. This is the kind of attitude I would like to permanently adopt. Maybe this wisdom comes with time. I want nothing more than to be as inspiring, positive, and hopeful as Mr. Fox. I want to encourage others and be a force for good. Michael J. Fox is going on my list of heroes and people who inspire me.
I just realized something very funny: Michael J. Fox and Shannon Boxx, my heroes, have last names that rhyme. I might have to change my last name so it ends in 'ox' and join the ranks of inspiring people.