jane fonda She has proven to be a warrior in her many fights for human rights and now she will use the experience for her battle against cancer. The iconic actress, 84, took to her Instagram on Friday (September 2) to reveal that she has been diagnosed with the disease and has begun the treatment process. “So, my dear friends, I have something personal that I want to share,” Jane began. “I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and started chemotherapy treatments.”
“This is a very treatable cancer. 80% of people survive, so I feel very lucky,” she continued. “I’m also lucky because I have health insurance and access to the best doctors and treatments. I realize, and it is painful, that I am privileged in this. Almost every family in America has had to deal with cancer at one time or another and far too many don’t have access to the quality health care I’m getting and this is not right.”
The Oscar winner went on to say that she hopes there will be more awareness of the “causes” of cancer, rather than the cure, so that the disease can be “eliminated.” “For example, people need to know that fossil fuels cause cancer,” she explained. “So do pesticides, many of which are based on fossil fuels, like mine.”
“I’m on chemo for 6 months and I’m handling the treatments pretty well and believe me, I won’t let any of this interfere with my climate activism,” Jane added, referring to her inimitable contributions to combating the threat of climate change.
The lit star also said that he was learning lessons from the diagnosis. “One thing that has already shown me is the importance of community. To grow and deepen the community so that we are not alone, ”she detailed. “And cancer, along with my age – almost 85 – definitely teaches the importance of adjusting to new realities.”
With her characteristic selfless demeanor, Jane continued her heartfelt message highlighting efforts to “use our collective strength to create change.” And before bidding farewell to her, she wrote: “The midterms are looming and they are beyond the consequences, so you can count on me to stand with you as we grow our army of climate champions.”
Sending our love and light to the amazing and inspiring Jane.