Oscar-winning actor and activist Jane Fonda, who revealed earlier this year that she had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, announced Thursday that her cancer is in remission and she can stop chemotherapy treatments.
“I am feeling so blessed, so fortunate. I thank all of you who prayed and sent good thoughts my way.
I am confident that it played a role in the good news,” Fonda wrote in a blog post titled “BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT EVER!!!” (She turns 85 on Wednesday.)
“Last week I was told by my oncologist that my cancer is in remission and I can discontinue chemo. I am feeling so blessed, so fortunate. I thank all of you who prayed and sent good thoughts my way. I am confident that it played a role in the good news. I’m especially happy because while my first 4 chemo treatments were rather easy for me, only a few days of being tired, the last chemo session was rough and lasted 2 weeks making it hard to accomplish much of anything. The effects wore off just as I went to D.C. for the first live, in-person Fire Drill Fridays rally. Thank heavens for that because it was a busy week. Besides the rally, I did some lobbying and spoke twice at the Democracy Alliance all in an effort to stop Senator Joe Manchin’s side deal which climate activists call the Dirty Deal. This deal, called ‘permitting reform,’ seeks to fast track fossil fuel projects, does great harm to bedrock environmental protections and curtails the public‘s ability to have input, basically throwing marginalized communities disproportionately burdened by fossil fuel pollution under the bus.”
“Equally important, this corporate giveaway to the fossil fuel industry is a slap in the face to the record number of young voters and self-identified climate voters who came out in record numbers for the midterms. Democrats courted these voters and should remain accountable to them. No member of Congress can profess to support environmental justice while supporting Senator Manchin’s and Senator Schumer’s effort to silence any opposition and condemn low income, largely brown and black communities locked into fossil fuel created sacrifice zones.”
Fonda, who posted an excerpt from the blog post on her verified Instagram account, added that she was “especially happy” because, while her first four chemotherapy treatments were “rather easy for me,” the last one wasn’t.
“The last chemo session was rough and lasted 2 weeks making it hard to accomplish much of anything,” she wrote. But the “effects wore off” in time for her to travel to Washington to participate in a climate rally.
In early September, Fonda announced she’d been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
She said at the time that she had the better chance of survival in large part because she was privileged to have “health insurance and access to the best doctors and treatments.”
Fonda is a two-time Academy Award winner who was honored for her lead performances in the stylish neo-noir “Klute” and the Vietnam War drama “Coming Home.”
She was nominated for an acting Oscar five other times, most recently in 1986.
She is also a committed progressive advocate who became a lightning rod with her Vietnam-era anti-war activism.
In recent years, she has focused intensely on climate change and environmentalism, lobbying lawmakers to take immediate action to save the planet.