This morning as I was signing in to my MSN Instant Messenger, I came across this news piece: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15408508/
It is a piece about how Rush Limbaugh was making fun of Michael J. Fox's TV ads, helping various politicians (who support stem cell research) with their campaigning. Rush claimed that MJF was totally acting, because nobody could possibly be that bad with Parkinson's Disease unless they weren't taking their medication. And of course, we ALL know that Rush Limbaugh is a highly respected neurologist.
I think he's totally sick, much sicker than MFJ will ever be. What kind of a jerk bastard would make that kind of judgment/blanket statement without researching the FACTS?? It was in pure, classy MFJ style for him to respond with (something along the lines of), "Strangely, my medicine is working quite well right now.".
As a person who has genetic shakes in her blood, I find this to be appalling. My brother, mom and now-deceased grandpa all have/had a "familial tremor" which renders their hands practically useless in terms of many of the basic things one does with one's hands, such as writing, cutting, etc. My brother's has been pretty bad since he was a little kid. My mom's cropped up when she was in her mid-30's (GREAT), and my grandpa's I think started a bit later in life as well.
Needless to say, I'm sure all 3 of them have had the concern or questions from others about what affliction they have, including Parkinson's Disease. Thank God it isn't that, but it is still very hard for them to live with. I have to say that my brother's and mom's attitudes about the shaking is quite good, as they know it is just something they have to deal with.
However, MJF really doesn't have the chance for his to remain the same, or even to have surgery (like my brother and mom have the option of) to "fix" his, or to stop the degeneration that is going on in his nervous system. And now for that creep, Limbaugh, to piss in MJF's mouth when his guts are on fire, is just plain out of line.
So, now I dislike Rush even more. And I like MJF even more for taking it all in stride. I have respect for him putting himself shamelessly "out there" to raise awareness of something that is very, very important to him and his family. It is embarrassing, I am sure, to show oneself in public all out of control like that. Yet, MJF does it, not necessarily for himself, but for those who have yet to be diagnosed with that terrible disease.