Jane Fonda has revealed that she has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and has started chemotherapy.
The veteran actress, 84, revealed the news on Instagram, describing it as “a highly treatable cancer” she feels “very lucky.”
A lifelong activist, Fonda used the announcement to raise the question of how many Americans “can’t access quality health care” because of insurance issues, and how fossil fuels are affecting people’s health. We discussed the impact.
Fonda shared a photo of herself on Instagram, writing, “Dear friends, I have something personal to share. I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and started chemotherapy.
“This is a highly treatable cancer. Eighty percent of people survive, so I feel very lucky.”
“I am also lucky to have health insurance and to have the best doctors and treatment.
“Almost every family in America has had to deal with cancer at one time or another. Too many people don’t get the quality care that I do. incorrect.”
She continues: For example, people need to know that fossil fuels cause cancer. So do pesticides, many of which, like mine, are fossil fuel based.
“I have been on chemotherapy for 6 months and am doing well with the treatment. Believe me, this will not interfere with my climate activities.
“Cancer is a teacher, paying attention to the lessons it brings. One thing it has already shown me is the importance of community. To grow and deepen the community, and cancer, with my age (almost 85), certainly teaches me the importance of adapting to new realities.
“We are living in the most important period in human history because what we do and do not do now determines what the future holds. We will not let anything stop us from doing our best, which includes continuing to build this Fire Drill Fridays community and using our collective strengths to find new ways to make a difference.
“The midterm elections are around the corner, but that’s not the point. Expect me to be there with you while we grow our army of climate advocates.” .”