Jane Fonda has announced she is in remission, just three months after revealing she’d been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
In an elated post to her public website, Fonda, 84, shared the happy news, titling the post “BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT EVER!!!”
“Last week I was told by my oncologist that my cancer is in remission and I can discontinue chemo,” she began. “I am feeling so blessed, so fortunate.”
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The post continued, “I thank all of you who prayed and sent good thoughts my way, I am confident that it played a role in the good news.
“I’m especially happy because while my first 4 chemo treatments were rather easy for me, only a few days of being tired, the last chemo session was rough and lasted 2 weeks making it hard to accomplish much of anything,” she added.
The Grace and Frankie actress revealed that the effects of chemotherapy wore off just as she attended the Fire Drill Friday rallies in the US.
Fire Drill Fridays is Fonda’s own grassroots climate change movement that she founded in 2019. This year’s rallies were the first to be held in person since the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Fonda has always been known as an activist, first embracing her activism in the ’60s in support of the Civil Rights Movement, and in opposition to the Vietnam War.
Fonda was famously arrested numerous times in 2019 for her climate activism, and even spent one night in jail for staging protests at the Capitol building in Washington DC.
In her first announcement about her cancer diagnosis, Fonda assured fans and friends that she wasn’t shaken by the illness.
“This is a very treatable cancer. 80% of people survive, so I feel very lucky,” she wrote.
She also pointed to the luxuries she can afford thanks to her status and class. “[I am lucky] because I have health insurance and access to the best doctors and treatments.”
“I realise, and it’s painful, that I am privileged in this,” she added.
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