Jane Fonda’s health update: ‘This cancer will not deter me’

Less than a week after it was revealed she has non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, legendary actress and activist Jane Fonda is updating fans about her health.

Fonda wrote on her blog on Tuesday that she expressed her gratitude for the many kind messages she received after last week’s announcement and reiterated that she has “a very treatable cancer.”

While acknowledging that her situation is serious, Fonda maintained a light-hearted attitude.

“Since last week so many people have written or posted to me that they have this type of cancer and have been cancer free for many decades,” wrote the Grace and Frankie star. “Well, I’ll be 85 soon, so I don’t have to worry about ‘many decades.’ One will do well.”

Three weeks after her first chemotherapy session, Fonda said, “I feel stronger than I have in years.” She has also adopted her famously active lifestyle to combat the fatigue she feels from her treatments, and even has a video of herself posted of her doing squats.

The two-time Oscar winner assured fans that she recognizes her privileged access to quality healthcare.

“As I said in my statement last week, I am painfully aware that the first class treatment I am receiving is not something that everyone in this country can rely on and I consider that a farce. This is not fair and I will continue to fight for quality healthcare for all.”

Fonda, who started a series of monthly protests in California in February 2020 to draw attention to the climate crisis, also showed her commitment to activism.

“This diagnosis has only made me more determined than ever to end the deadly effects of fossil fuels,” she wrote. “While most of us know that fossil fuels are the primary cause of the climate crisis, many may not know that fossil fuel emissions also cause cancer and other major health problems such as birth defects, childhood leukemia, heart attacks, stroke, lung disease and premature birth.

“We must find a way to come together to put an end to this deadly correlation…” she added. “We have the power to change this and I will do everything in my power to do so. This cancer will not deter me.”

In October 2021, Fonda joined Orange County politicians in Laguna Beach to address the need to protect the ocean, saying that a commitment to ending offshore oil drilling was made not just at the local, but also at the state and federal levels must be.

In her cancer announcement last week, the Coming Home star shared a message of unity and growth.

“One thing [the diagnosis has] I’ve already seen how important community is. Growing and deepening our own community so that we are not alone. And cancer, along with my age — almost 85 — definitely teaches the importance of adapting to new realities.”

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-09-07/jane-fonda-health-update-cancer-diagnosis Jane Fonda’s health update: ‘This cancer will not deter me’

Sarah Ridley

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