Michael Douglas’s Family Holiday to Disney World

Michael Douglas - Catherine Zeta JonesIt’s been a difficult year for Michael Douglas and his family, but today they put their worries aside for a holiday at Disney World, Florida. And in an encouraging sign, the 66-year-old looked healthier than he has in months.

The actor was beaming from ear-to-ear as he posed alongside Mickey and Minnie Mouse with his wife Catherine Zeta Jones and their children Dylan, 10 and Carys, 7. Michael was tanned and relaxed in a blue polo shirt and Bermuda shorts, while Catherine got into the holiday spirit in a cowboy hat and colourful tunic top.

The Wall Street Never Sleeps star and Welsh-born Catherine, who now live in New York, also recently celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary on November 18. The family’s outing comes just days after his father Kirk Douglas said his son was regaining his appetite and was starting to feel ‘feisty’ again. Michael, who was diagnosed with stage four throat cancer, has been candid about his battle.

‘It really knocks you out,’ he has admitted. ‘You just never think it is going to be you. But I’ll beat this.The tumour is shrinking. The odds are good. I’m not dealing with mortality issues until I hear otherwise.’ But he is determined to keep life at home as normal as possible for the children.

‘The doctors’ prognosis is for a full recovery, and with this type of cancer there is a 70 to 80 per cent chance that it will happen. ‘It doesn’t seem to have spread to anywhere else in my body so however difficult the next few months of treatment will be, I’m ready for it and will take things day by day.

‘The kids are fine. I’ve taken them down to the hospital and shown them the whole radiology thing. They’ve watched me actually get zapped.’ Typically, Douglas is not resting. He has launched a fund raising campaign to help aid cancer research and he urges people to have regular checks. ‘Cancer doesn’t care how many Oscars you’ve won or how many tough guys you’ve played.’

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