Fox News reports that actress Jane Fonda has revealed that she has been diagnosed with cancer.
The 84-year-old former model, who these days is known, as much as anything, for her political activism, made the revelation in an Instagram message that she posted on Friday.
“So, my dear friends, I have something personal I want to share,” Fonda began. “I’ve been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and have started chemo treatments.”
Fonda continued with optimism regarding her diagnosis.
“This is a very treatable cancer,” she said. “80% of people survive, so I feel very lucky.”
The five-year survival is said to be very high compared to many other cancers. Cancer.org, for example, puts the 5-year relative survival rate for people with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at 73%.
Elsewhere in her Instagram post, Fonda said that she will be doing chemotherapy for 6 months. She revealed that treatments have already begun and that she is handling them “quite well.”
Activism will continue
As stated earlier, Fonda has become very widely known for her left-wing political activism. And so, it is not surprising that Fonda spent a lot of time in her Instagram post – the one announcing her cancer – talking about her activism.
Fonda said, “believe me, I will not let any of this interfere with my climate activism.”
We’re living through the most consequential time in human history because what we do or don’t do right now will determine what kind of future there will be and I will not allow cancer to keep me from doing all I can, using every tool in my toolbox and that very much includes continuing to build this Fire Drill Fridays community and finding new ways to use our collective strength to make change.
Fonda concluded by noting that “the midterms are looming,” and by promising to play her part in helping to get climate activists elected. “They are beyond consequential so you can count on me to be right there together with you as we grow our army of climate champions,” Fonda wrote.
The actress appears determined to be a polarizing figure even in announcing her cancer diagnosis.