Jeff Bridges recently shared that his cancer is in remission but he did catch COVD-19 during treatment.
Bridges, 71, says the virus “kicked my a** pretty good,” he said in a handwritten note posted on his website. He first revealed his cancer diagnosis in October 2020.
“I have been diagnosed with Lymphoma,” Bridges said on Twitter. “Although it is a serious disease, I feel fortunate that I have a great team of doctors and the prognosis is good. I’m starting treatment and will keep you posted on my recovery.”
This past Monday, Bridges shared a post to his website that he had written in March but decided not to share until he beat COVID-19.
The post revealed how in January, someone in the facility where Bridges received chemotherapy was exposed to COVID-19, and he and his wife tested positive. Thankfully, at the time, his once 9×12 inch tumor had shrunk to 2×2 inches.
And while Bridges’ wife spent just five days in the hospital battling COVID-19, he spent five weeks.
“The reason I’m there so long was my immune system is shot from the chemo,” he wrote. “My dance with Covid makes my cancer look like a piece of cake.” He said while he had a moment of tremendous pain and was “getting close to the Pearly Gates,” he still felt “happy and joyous” most of the time.
He said his “brush with mortality” gave him a gift: “Life is brief and beautiful. Love is all around us, & available @ all times.” And in another update on September 13, Bridges revealed how his tumor was now the size of a marble.
“My COVID is in the rearview mirror,” he wrote. “COVID kicked my a** pretty good, but I’m double vaccinated & feeling much better now. I heard that the vaccine can help folks with Long Haulers. Maybe that’s the cause of my quick improvement.”
Bridges also said he was working with a therapist so he could walk around without oxygen assistance — as he wanted to walk his daughter, Hayley, down the aisle at her wedding.
“I had a goal—walking my daughter Hayley down the aisle,” he wrote on his website.
“She was getting married to a wonderful guy, Justin Shane. Thanks to Zach [Wermers, physical therapist] and my terrific medical team, I was able to, not only walk Hay down the aisle, but do the father/bride dance with her without oxygen.”
Bridges posted a beautiful video of himself and Hayley dancing at her wedding to Ray Charles‘ “Ain’t That Love,” which you can watch by clicking on the caricature of the two dancing.
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With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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