Jane Fonda was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and started chemotherapy.
The 1980s actress and aerobics guru turned activist shared the news on her Instagram account, saying she feels “very lucky” because the cancer is “very treatable”.
Fonda, 84, said she wanted to make people aware that many Americans “don’t have access to quality health care” and wanted to discuss the effects of fossil fuels on human health.
She said: “So my dear friends, I have something personal that I want to share. I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and started chemotherapy treatments.
“It’s a very treatable cancer. Eighty percent of people survive, so I feel very lucky.
“I’m also lucky because I have health insurance and have access to the best doctors and treatments.
“I realize, and it’s painful, that I’m privileged in this.
“Nearly every family in America has faced cancer at one time or another and far too many people don’t have access to the quality health care I get, and that’s not fair.
“People need to know that fossil fuels cause cancer”
“We also need to talk a lot more about not just the cures but the causes so that we can eliminate them.
“For example, people need to know that fossil fuels cause cancer. The same goes for pesticides, many of which are based on fossil fuels, like mine.”
Fonda said she had been undergoing chemotherapy for six months and was “managing the treatments quite well”.
“Cancer is a teacher”
She added: “Cancer is a teacher and I pay attention to the lessons it holds for me. One thing he has shown me before is the importance of community. To grow and deepen his community so that we are not alone.
“And cancer, along with my age – almost 85 – definitely teaches the importance of adapting to new realities.
“We are living in the most defining 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 effect change.”
She said the US midterm elections in November are “beyond inconsequential”, adding: “You can count on me to be there with you as we grow our army of climate champions.”
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