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Jane Fonda reveals cancer diagnosis

Writer: Heidi Hsia

Jane Fonda calls for awareness of the danger of fossil fuels
Jane Fonda calls for awareness of the danger of fossil fuels

5 Sep – Veteran actress Jane Fonda recently announced that she has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkins' Lymphoma.

The "Grace and Frankie" star shared the news on social media on 3 September, revealing that she feels very lucky that the condition is a very treatable form of cancer and that she has the privilege to get access to the best treatment.

However, the climate activist stated that the diagnosis also made her realise that not many people are able to have similar quality of healthcare like her, and the danger of fossil fuels.

"We also need to be talking much more not just about cures but about causes so we can eliminate them. For example, people need to know that fossil fuels cause cancer. So do pesticides, many of which are fossil fuel-based, like mine."

The actress is undergoing treatment
The actress is undergoing treatment

"I'm doing chemo for 6 months and am handling the treatments quite well and, believe me, I will not let any of this interfere with my climate activism.

"Cancer is a teacher and I'm paying attention to the lessons it holds for me. 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.

"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."

Jane Fonda has been an activist since she was a young woman
Jane Fonda has been an activist since she was a young woman

Cinema Online, 05 September 2022


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