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Jeff Bridges, 72, reveals life has become ‘hyper-precious’ after battling both cancer and COVID-19


Jeff Bridges has revealed that everything in life has become “hyper precious” to him amid his recent health issues.

The 72-year-old was diagnosed with cancer of the lymphatic system in 2020 and was also hit hard by COVID-19 which he said had left him at ‘death’s door’.

However, the actor now believes his two-year “health adventure” has actually helped him look at life in a new light.

On the plus side: Jeff Bridges, 72, has revealed that everything in life has become ‘hyper-precious’ to him amid his recent health issues (pictured on Thursday)

He told Sky News: “Not bad at all – [there were] wonderful parts of being this sick that were kind of unexpected, you know, feeling all this love coming my way from my family and friends and other people all over the world.”

‘It was [an] unexpected and wonderful feeling, and then also the love it triggered for me.

“I said, ‘Oh yeah, that’s life, that’s wonderful,’ and everything became super precious during that time.”

Getting better and better: He was diagnosed with cancer of the lymphatic system in 2020 and was also hit hard by COVID-19 which he previously admitted left him at 'death's door'

Getting better and better: He was diagnosed with cancer of the lymphatic system in 2020 and was also hit hard by COVID-19 which he previously admitted left him at ‘death’s door’

Jeff revealed in 2021 that her tumor had shrunk, shared, “I had cancer and chemo and then COVID on top of that. And the chemo stripped me of my immune system, so I had COVID pretty badly.

“I was sick for about two years and [it was] very dreamlike, you know.

He confessed to E! News earlier this year that he was “close to death several times there.”

Beloved: He said, 'Not bad at all - [there were] wonderful parts of being this sick that were kind of unexpected, you know, feeling all this love coming my way from my family and friends and other people all over the world.”  (Jeff (right) pictured in The Big Lebowski with co-star John Goodman)

Beloved: He said: ‘Not bad at all – [there were] wonderful parts of being this sick that were kind of unexpected, you know, feeling all this love coming my way from my family and friends and other people all over the world.” (Jeff (right) pictured in The Big Lebowski with co-star John Goodman)

Initially, the acclaimed actor was told by doctors that his chemotherapy treatments were working, but he later tested positive for COVID-19 in early 2021, a period before vaccines and boosters became available.

While in hospital, his mind wondered if he would ever be able to work again or if he could walk his daughter Haley, 36, down the aisle to her wedding.

“I remember doctors telling me, ‘Jeff, you have to fight,'” he recalls a time when things went from bad to worse. “I had no idea what they were talking about. I thought, ‘Man, I’m in surrender mode here.’ With a great medical team, great coaches and my family, everyone brought me back.

Scary times: Initially, the acclaimed actor was told by doctors that his chemotherapy treatments were working, but he later tested positive for COVID-19 in early 2021, which is before vaccines and reminders are not available.

Scary times: Initially, the acclaimed actor was told by doctors that his chemotherapy treatments were working, but he later tested positive for COVID-19 in early 2021, which is before vaccines and reminders are not available.

The Hollywood star has now resumed filming his new TV show, The Old Man, and is ‘thrilled’ to be back on set.

He said: ‘We broke up for a pandemic and were away for a few months and that’s when my health journey started.

“And then two years later I went back to work and it was the weirdest feeling – it felt like we had a long weekend and I couldn’t wait to tell my mates about this dream I had. had: I was sick, I was in the hospital, you know, it all felt like a dream.

“But I’m back on my feet and delighted to be here.”

Back to work: The Hollywood star has now resumed filming her new TV show,

Back to work: The Hollywood star has now resumed filming his new TV show, ‘The Old Man’, and is ‘thrilled’ to be back on set (pictured from the show)

WHAT IS LYMPHOMA?

Lymphoma is cancer of the lymph nodes, which are the body’s disease-fighting network.

This network includes the spleen, bone marrow, lymph nodes and thymus.

There are different types of lymphoma, but two main ones: non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Both have much better prognoses than many types of cancer.

WHAT IS HODGKIN’S LYMPHOMA?

Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a type of cancer that starts in white blood cells. It is named after Thomas Hodgkin, an English doctor who first identified the disease in 1832.

It affects around 1,950 people each year in the UK and 8,500 in the US.

Hodgkin’s lymphoma is more common between 20 and 24 years old and between 75 and 79 years old.

Five-year survival rate:

Survival rates are much more favorable than most other cancers.

  • Step 1: 90%
  • Step 2: 90%
  • Step 3: 80%
  • Step 4: 65%

Symptoms include:

  • painless swelling in the armpits, neck, and groin
  • heavy night sweats
  • extreme weight loss
  • itch
  • shortness of breath
  • to cough

Risk factors:

  • reduced immunity
  • a family history of the disease
  • smokers
  • those who are overweight

Treatment:

  • chemotherapy
  • radiotherapy
  • steroids
  • stem cell or bone marrow transplants

WHAT IS NON-HODGKIN’S LYMPHOMA?

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma can occur anywhere in the body, but is usually first detected in the lymph nodes around the neck of affected individuals.

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma affects around 13,700 new people every year in the UK. In the United States, more than 74,600 people are diagnosed each year.

It is more common in men than in women and is usually diagnosed either in the early twenties or after the age of 55.

Five-year survival rate:

Survival can vary greatly with NHL.

The general survival rate for five years is 70% and the probability of living 10 years is about 60%.

Symptoms include:

  • Painless swelling in the neck, armpits, or groin
  • Profuse night sweating
  • Unexplained weight loss of more than a tenth of a person’s body
  • Itching

Risk factors:

  • over 75
  • have a weakened immune system
  • suffer from celiac disease
  • having a family history of the condition
  • have had other types of cancer

Treatment:

It depends on the number and locations of the body affected by non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Treatment usually includes chemotherapy.

Origin: | Dailymail.co.uk


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