MOVIE NEWS – Jane Fonda has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and is starting chemotherapy. The legendary actress and activist shared the news on Instagram on Friday, promising that the diagnosis won’t slow her down.
In an Instagram post, the Grace and Frankie actress, 84, shared the news with fans on Friday afternoon which she began: “So, my dear friends, I have something personal to share. I have been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and have started chemotherapy. treatments”.
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer originating from white blood cells, has a 5-year survival rate of nearly 80% for patients in the United States. “It’s a very treatable cancer,” Fonda said. “So I feel very lucky.”
“I’m also lucky to have health insurance and access to the best doctors and treatments. I’ve realized, and it hurts, that I’m privileged in that,” she said, also using the post to draw attention to health disparities in the country.
“Almost every family in America has had to deal with cancer at one point or another, and too many people don’t have access to the quality health care that I get, and that’s not right.”
Fonda promises that the diagnosis will not affect activism: “I will not let cancer stop me from doing everything I can.”
The legendary actress and two-time Oscar winner, who has a strong history of political and climate activism, also promised that her treatments will not interfere with her work.
“I’m doing chemotherapy for 6 months and I’m handling the treatments pretty well, and believe me, I’m not going to let that interfere with my climate activism,” he said, noting that fossil fuels and pesticides should be phased out as carcinogens.
“We live in the most consequential period in human history, because what we do or don’t do now will determine our future,” urged Fonda, emphasizing the importance of deepening community. “And I’m not going to let cancer stop me from doing everything I can to use every tool in my toolbox. That includes continuing to build this Fire Drill Friday community and finding new ways to bring together we use our power to make a difference.”
He added: “The mid-term elections are coming up and they’re more than consistent, so you can count on me to be there with you as we grow our army of climate champions.”