Jane Fonda is “deeply moved” by the response she received after sharing her cancer diagnosis.
The Grace and Frankie The star, 84, published a new blog post on Tuesday – just days after publicly sharing her battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Fonda, who has started chemotherapy to fight cancer that starts in the lymphatic system, is upbeat and feels “stronger than I have in years.” For proof, she shared a video of herself working out.
“I have been deeply touched and overwhelmed by all the outpourings of love and support since going public with my diagnosis of B-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma,” she began in a post on her website. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone. The messages of love and support mean the world to me.”
Fonda reiterated that her cancer is “very treatable” – and said survivors have contacted her to share their positive stories.
“So many people wrote to me or posted that they had this type of cancer and were cancer free for many decades,” she said. “Well, I’ll be 85 soon, so I won’t have to worry about ‘many decades.’ He will do just fine.”
The Oscar winner went on to talk about how she’s been feeling since her first round of chemotherapy three weeks ago.
“I have to tell you that I feel stronger than I have in years,” she wrote. “My doctor said the best antidote to the fatigue chemotherapy can cause is to move. I walked. And walked. Way before the record-breaking heat started. I also work out.”
Along with the post was a video of Jane Fonda’s Workout guru doing squats. He used hand weights and an exercise ball as he moved up and down.
He also stressed that he is “painfully aware that the treatment I am receiving is not something that everyone in this country can rely on,” which he called “a travesty. It’s not fair and I will continue to fight for quality health care for all.”
Fonda reminded her fans that this is not her first encounter with cancer.
“I’ve had breast cancers and had a mastectomy and had a great time and will do it again,” wrote the star, who shared publicly in 2010 that she had a breast cancer scare but was cancer-free. She had a double mastectomy in 2016. In 2018, she had cancer removed from her lip.
Fonda ended her post by making it clear that this battle is not going to deter her from her climate activism. Her work continues with the Jane Fonda Climate PAC and Fire Drill Fridays.
“This diagnosis has made me more determined than ever to continue to end the deadly effects of fossil fuels,” he wrote. “While most of us know that fossil fuels are the main cause of the climate crisis, many may not know that fossil fuel emissions also cause cancer as well as other major health problems such as birth defects, childhood leukemia, heart attacks, strokes , lung disease We must find a way to come together to put an end to this deadly association. Too many families have suffered, too many communities have been forgotten, written off as “Sacrifice Zones”, too much pain has been endured. It doesn’t have to be that way. We have the power to change that and I intend to do everything in my power to do so. This cancer won’t stop me.”
Said one of Fonda’s insiders People magazine on Wednesday that, “In true Jane fashion, this is hardly slowing her down. So far, she’s doing very well with the treatments and feeling great.” The source said that the actress was looking forward to her film Moving on premiered at the Toronto Film Festival this month, despite not being able to attend in person.
Fonda revealed her diagnosis Friday in a social media post. He called cancer a “teacher” and said he “pays attention to the lessons it teaches me.”