Jane Fonda Says She Feels ‘Stronger Than She Has in Years’ After Cancer Diagnosis

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Jane Fonda was recently diagnosed with B-cell non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, but she assured fans she's never felt better.

The actor shared a bit about her experience with the illness thus far in a blog post on her website, just four days after she publicly revealed she has cancer. She began by thanking her fans for “all the expressions of love and support” since she announced her diagnosis, adding that she has “been deeply moved and uplifted.” She went on to explain that despite battling the disease twice before, she has been assured that “this is a very treatable cancer and much progress has been made with the medicines patients are given. Since last week, so many people have written to me or posted that they have had this type of cancer and have been cancer-free for many decades. Well, I’ll soon be 85 so I won’t have to worry about 'many decades.' One will do just fine.” She also noted that her first chemotherapy appointment will be in three weeks.

And it should come as no surprise that the woman who built a workout empire in the '80s is getting through it by breaking a sweat. Jane Fonda let her fans know “that I feel stronger than I have in years. The doctor told me the best antidote to the tiredness that chemotherapy can cause is to move. Walk. And I have been walking. Very early before the record heat kicks in. Also working out.” She added, “This is not my first encounter with cancer. I’ve had breast cancers and had a mastectomy and come through very well and I will do so again. As I said in my statement last week, I am painfully aware that the top-drawer treatment I receive is not something everyone in this country can count on and I consider that a travesty. It isn’t fair, and I will continue to fight for quality health care for all.”

Her recent diagnosis has also made the recent Glamour cover star “more determined than ever to continue to end the deadly effects of fossil fuels.” She wrote, “While most of us know that fossil fuels are the primary cause of the climate crisis, many may not know that fossil fuel emissions also cause cancer as well as other major health problems like birth defects, childhood leukemia, heart attacks, strokes, lung disease and preterm birth. We must find a way to come together to put an end to this deadly correlation. Too many families have suffered, too many communities have been forgotten, written off as ‘Sacrifice Zones,’ far too much pain has been endured.” Fonda concluded, “It does not have to be this way. We have it within our power to change this and I intend to do everything in my power to do so. This cancer will not deter me.”

This post was originally published in Vanity Fair.

Originally Appeared on Glamour