Jeff Bridges has updated fans on his health after he was diagnosed with lymphoma back in 2020.
Now, Bridges is an iconic American actor whose career spans over a whopping 6 decades. He emerged as a child actor and successfully transitioned into adult roles, earning critical acclaim and a devoted fan base.
Bridges is known for his versatility and ability to embody diverse characters. He delivered memorable performances in films like The Last Picture Show, Tron, The Big Lebowski, and Crazy Heart, for which he won an Academy Award. He has also made an impact in TV, starring in shows such as A Dog Year and The Old Man.
With his rugged charm and natural charisma, Bridges has become a beloved figure in Hollywood, leaving an indelible mark on the industry and solidifying his status as a true acting legend.
However, recently, the star has opened up about his heartbreaking experience with cancer.
He revealed that he“was doing some exercises while on the ground and felt what seemed like a bone in my stomach,” when he first realised something might be up. Despite his reluctance to go to the doctors because he wasn’t in any pain, his wife Susan Geston urged him to get it checked out.
“I’m hiking and feeling great. My shins really itch, and I think, Oh, I just got, you know, dry skin,” Bridges recalled. “Then I had night sweats, but thought, That’s just hot summer nights. It turns out those are lymphoma symptoms.
The seventy-three-year-old said he had a 9-by-12-inch tumour, for which he underwent chemotherapy. Following on from his treatment, he was hospitalised for 5 weeks with Covid, as a result of his weakened immune system.
“Cancer was nothing compared to the Covid,” he told AARP magazine.
“For me, in that hospital bed, the obstacle was death. And that was the way. I kept thinking, Here’s the problem, you know? Here’s the challenge,” he said.
“I asked myself, ‘How are you going to go about it?’ And I thought, I’m a dancer, man, and I’m a musician. I’m going to jam with this situation, you know?”
The star revealed that his tumour has now shrunk “to the size of a marble,” and is in remission.
“I didn’t think I’d ever work again, really,” he revealed. “So at first I said, ‘Well, we’ll see.’ But eventually that became, ‘Maybe I can.’ I have to admit that I was still frightened of going back to work. Then I began to think of my recovery as a gift being presented.”