The ‘Back to the Future’ star is on the cover of AARP magazine’s December 2021/January 2022 issue
Michael J Granthshala has maintained a positive outlook while living with Parkinson’s disease.
60-year-old who . is on the cover AARP Magazine December 2021/January 2022 issuedescribed how “gratitude makes optimism sustainable.”
“For one thing, I’m a really happy man,” the star explained to the outlet. “I don’t have any morbid thoughts in my head – I’m not afraid of death. Absolutely. But when I went through that darkness, I also had an insight into my father-in-law, who had passed away and there was always a sense of gratitude and acceptance and Faith supported. I began to notice the things I was grateful for and the way other people would respond to hardship with gratitude. I concluded that gratitude makes optimism sustainable.”
“And if you don’t think you have anything to be thankful for, stay tuned,” shared Granthshala. “Because you just don’t get optimism. You can’t wait for things to be great and then be grateful for that. You have to behave in a way that fosters it.”
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Granthshala acknowledged that “some days are more difficult than others.” However, he is determined not to let a negative mindset overwhelm him.
“Illness is something that is related to my life – it’s not the driver,” he said. “And because I have possessions, I have access to things that others don’t. I won’t begin to compare my experience with that of a working man who’s got Parkinson’s and has to quit his job and live So, I’m really lucky.”
Granthshala revealed that “Back to the Future”, the 1985 hit sci-fi/comedy he starred in, has recently lifted his spirits.
“I was on TV last Christmas,” Granthshala revealed. “And I thought I was really good at it, better than I thought I was. More importantly, I got the spirit of the film. I understood it was just a big joke and we all needed to take credit … what we’ve done and the lives we’ve touched and sometimes take a little step back and appreciate that much of life has been great and there’s more to live.”
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Parkinson’s Foundation describes the disease as a neurodegenerative disorder that gradually develops symptoms over years. People with PD may experience tremors, balance problems, and stiffness of the limbs, among other side effects. The cause of PD is relatively unknown, and there is no cure. However, treatment options vary and may include medications and surgery.
Granthshala was diagnosed with the disease in 1991, but went public with his diagnosis in 1998. He retired from acting in 2020 and is now Michael J. Granthshala Foundation, a nonprofit he co-founded in 2000 to help find a cure.
Granthshala said he hopes to leave a lasting legacy beyond Hollywood.
“I hope my children make a positive impact in the world,” he said. “I hope people enjoy my work as an actor and get something out of it. On a deeper level, I hope people see the honesty in the things I say and do. If I did anything to anyone with Parkinson’s, There’s positive help, so that’s great, too. I appreciate the purpose and opportunity to help the foundation, which is potentially so powerful and life-changing and world-changing — it’s huge.”
“Beyond that, and it’s kind of pointless – a lot of great guitarists have come up to me over the years and said they picked up the guitar because of the ‘Johnny B. Goode’ scene in ‘Back to the Future,'” Granthshala shared. “If I did anything in this life, I got to pick up John Mayer’s guitar.”