Jane Fonda has announced that she has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma and has started chemotherapy.
The veteran actress, 84, revealed the news on Instagram, explaining that it’s a “very treatable cancer” that she feels “very lucky” to have.
Fonda, a lifelong activist, used the announcement to address how many Americans “don’t have access to quality health care” because of insurance issues and to discuss the impact fossil fuels can have on people’s health.
Sharing a picture of herself on Instagram, Fonda wrote, “So my dear friends, I have something personal that I want to share. I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma and started chemotherapy.
“This is a very treatable cancer. 80% of people survive, so I feel very lucky.
“I’m also lucky because I have health insurance and access to the best doctors and treatment. I recognize, and it is painful, that I am privileged in this.
“Almost every family in America has had to deal with cancer at some point, and far too many don’t have access to the quality healthcare that I receive, and that’s not right.”
She continued, “We also need to talk a lot more about not just cures but also causes so that we can eliminate them. For example, people need to know that fossil fuels cause cancer. The same goes for pesticides, many of which are fossil fuel based like mine.
“I have been on chemotherapy for 6 months and am coping quite well with the treatments and believe me I will not let this interfere with my climate activism.
“Cancer is a teacher and I pay attention to the lessons it teaches me. One thing it has already shown me is the importance of community. Growing and deepening our own community so that we are not alone. And cancer, along with my age—nearly 85—definitely teaches the importance of adjusting to new realities.
“We are living at the most momentous time in human history, because what we do or don’t do now will determine what kind of future there will be, and I will not let cancer stop me from doing everything I do.” can, and using every tool in my toolbox, and most importantly, that includes continuing to build this Fire Drill Fridays community and finding new ways to use our collective power to create change.
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“The midterms are upon us, and they are more than momentous, so count on me to be with you as we grow our army of climate champions.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/jane-fonda-receiving-chemotherapy-for-lymphoma-cancer-41957804.html Jane Fonda is receiving chemotherapy for lymphoma cancer