Jane Fonda has revealed she’s been diagnosed with cancer.
In a post to her 1.9 million Instagram followers, the Hollywood icon and climate activist shared that she has non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma which she described as a “very treatable cancer” and is undergoing six months of chemotherapy.
“Cancer is a teacher and I’m paying attention to the lessons it holds for me. One thing it’s shown me already is the importance of community. Of growing and deepening one’s community so that we are not alone. And the cancer, along with my age, almost 85, definitely teaches the importance of adapting to new realities.”
Fonda used her post to highlight the state of the US healthcare system: “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 am receiving and this is not right.”
She adds that her health issues won’t slow down her climate activism: “We’re living through the most consequential time in human history because what we do or don’t do right now will determine what kind of future there will be and I will not allow cancer to keep me from doing all I can.”
Read her full message below:
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