Jane Fonda was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and started chemotherapy treatment, the legendary actress and activist said in a post shared on her verified social media account.
“This is a very treatable cancer. 80% of people survive so I feel very lucky,” she wrote.
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a cancer of the immune system. Fonda said she will be undergoing chemotherapy for six months and is “handling the treatments quite well”, adding “and believe me, I won’t let any of this interfere with my climate activism”.
Fonda has been active in raising awareness of the climate crisis after being inspired by young environmental activist Greta Thunberg.
In 2019, Fonda launched “Fire Drill Fridays,” a civil disobedience effort to raise awareness of environmental challenges.
“Cancer is a teacher and I pay attention to the lessons it holds for me,” Fonda added of her diagnosis. “One thing it has already shown me is the importance of community. To grow and deepen one’s community so as not to be alone. And cancer, along with my age – almost 85 – definitely teaches the importance of adapting to new realities.
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Fonda’s Netflix TV series “Grace and Frankie” wrapped its final season in April. Fonda has other screen projects in the works, according to its IMDB profile.
Although she hasn’t addressed her ongoing work commitments, Fonda said her activism will continue.
“We are living 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 everything. what I can, using every tool in my toolbox and a lot of that includes continuing to build this Fire Drill Fridays community and finding new ways to use our collective strength to bring about change,” he said. She wrote, “The midterm reviews are approaching, and they’re beyond the consequences, so you can count on me to be there with you as we grow our army of climate champions.”