Despite her recent health woes, iconic actress Jane Fonda is showing no signs of slowing down as she hits the campaign trail for the US midterm elections while keeping her adoring fans up to date with her current health battle.
Fonda took to social media to share her journey across the US where she is voicing her support for candidates who are taking action on climate change. The 84 year old acknowledged that her recent cancer diagnosis was not going to slow her down given how important the election is going to be.
“It has been absolutely thrilling to be out on the campaign trail in support of brave climate champions running for office up and down the ballot all over the country that the @janefondaclimatepac has endorsed,” she wrote.
“It fills me with hope and inspiration and my lymphoma is not going to stop me. This election is too important.”
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Fonda’s fans were quick to offer their support while praising the actress and activist for her efforts despite her poor health.
“Sending you lymphoma killing energy so you can continue your mission and be here for many more healthy years,” one fan wrote.
“You are amazing. Thank you for all you do.”
“You are a global inspiration, Jane! Love you so much!”
“Take care of yourself Jane. My prayers go with you,” commented another.
“My prayers are for you combating your lymphoma. You are resilient you can do that as you advocate for climate change.”
“I respect you so for all you do. You are such a great example to all of us. You’ve been graced with a great ability to create change.”
Fonda revealed to her legion of fans that she had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and will be undergoing chemotherapy to help battle the cancer via a post to social media on Friday, September 2.
“So, my dear friends, I have something personal I want to share. I’ve been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and have started chemo treatments,” she wrote.
“This is a very treatable cancer,” she continued. “80% of people survive, so I feel very lucky.”
Fonda explained that she will be undergoing chemotherapy for six months and was handling the treatment “quite well”, adding that she “will not let any of this interfere” with her activism efforts around climate change.
“Cancer is a teacher and I’m paying attention to the lessons it holds for me,” the Oscar-winning actress wrote.
“One thing it’s shown me already is the importance of community. Of growing and deepening one’s community so that we are not alone. And the cancer, along with my age — almost 85 — definitely teaches the importance of adapting to new realities.”
This isn’t the first time Fonda has been diagnosed with cancer. Back in 2010, she underwent a lumpectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer, in 2018 she had a cancerous growth removed from her lip, and more recently in 2019, she revealed she’s had a very challenging journey with several battles against skin cancer.