Jane Fonda is battling cancer, the star announced Friday on her Instagram.
The Grace & Frankie The 84-year-old actress took to the social media platform to share the news. She captioned it: “Well my dear friends, I have something personal to share. I have been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and have started chemotherapy. This is a very treatable cancer. 80% of people survive, so I feel very lucky.”
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a cancer that starts in the lymphatic system, according to the Mayo Clinic. As it progresses, white blood cells called lymphocytes grow abnormally and can form tumors.
Fonda, an activist and entertainer, added that she is “lucky” to have access to good health insurance and “the best doctors and treatments.”
“I realize, and it’s painful, that I’m privileged in this,” he noted. “Almost every family in America has had to deal with cancer at some point and too many don’t have access to the quality health care I get and that’s not right.”
He also said it’s time for people to talk not only about cures, but also about “causes” of such cancer, which, he wrote, include fossil fuels. Although Fonda said she will undergo six months of chemotherapy, she won’t let it get in the way of her climate activism.
Fonda called cancer her “teacher” and said she “heeds the lessons” it has for her.
“One thing it has already shown me is the importance of community. To grow and deepen his community so we are not alone,” he shared. “And cancer, along with my age – almost 85 – certainly teaches the importance of adapting to new realities. We live in the most important time in human history because what we do or don’t do now will determine what kind of future there is and I will not allow cancer to stop me from doing all I can, using every tool in my toolbox and that includes in large part continuing to build this Fire Drill Fridays community and finding new ways to use our collective power to make change.”
She concluded her post by saying: “The midterms are coming up and are beyond consequential, so you can count on me to be right there with you as we grow our army of climate champions.”
In July, Fonda launched a climate change PAC to support politicians finding solutions to the current climate crisis. In a July interview with Good morning America, he said, “The fossil fuel industry has a stranglehold on our government. And yet, despite all the actions people have taken, we can’t pass good legislation because the fossil fuel industry has a stranglehold on our government. And that’s what the political action committee is all about – we want to kick out the people who are responsible for fossil fuels and we want to elect climate champions.”
In a recent interview with GlamorFonda talked about how getting older hasn’t gotten in the way of her life.
“If someone had told me that, at almost 85, I’d still be working as hard as I am and feeling as good as I am, I wouldn’t have believed them,” he said. “At that point in my life, I doubted I’d live past 30. Just thinking about that gave me hope. I didn’t give up. I kept going. I tried to get better. I did.”