Some very sad news came out this week from actor Jeff Bridges. The star took to social media to announce that he had been diagnosed with a very serious disease that he was going to get treatment for.
On Monday night, October 19, 2020, Jeff Bridges, 70, took to his Twitter account to share some not too great news. The star shared with his fans that he had been diagnosed with lymphoma.
Lymphoma is a type of cancer that starts in the lymphocytes or white blood cells that form part of the body's immune system. These cells are located in the lymph nodes, spleen, bone marrow, and other parts of the body.
Jeff Bridges as a guest on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" on September 28, 2018 | Photo: Scott Kowalchyk/CBS/Getty Images
In his post, “The Big Lebowski” star noted how significant his diagnosis was by stating that he actually had a serious disease. He further explained who was helping him through this journey writing:
“I feel fortunate that I have a great team of doctors and the prognosis is good.”
Bridges also noted that he would be starting his treatment and promised to keep his fans in the loop on his recovery. In a follow-up thread, a few hours later, the star shared his gratitude to his family and friends for their love and support.
Besides the doctors and his fellow stars, Bridges will be getting a lot of support from his wife of 43 years, Susan Bridges.
He also thanked them and his fans for their well wishes and prayers as he battles this disease. The actor also used his platform to urge people to go out and vote in the upcoming United States elections.
TYPES OF LYMPHOMA
The Oscar Award-winning actor chose to not specify what type of lymphoma he has been diagnosed with. The most well-known types of lymphoma cancer are Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
According to the Mayo Clinic, there are many symptoms of lymphoma that patients can experience. These include fever, fatigue, night sweats, weight loss, itchy skin, shortness of breath, and the painless swelling of the lymph nodes in the neck, groin, or armpits.
WELL WISHES FROM CELEBS
After his announcement, the “True Grit” star received well wishes from fellow actors. Actress Patricia Arquette and her sister Rosanna both replied to his post sending him love and healing.
Bridges also got some support from Kathy Griffin who also wished him well. Actress Dana Delaney and actor Sean Maguire all wrote messages to their fellow star hoping he beats his diagnosis.
JEFF’S WIFE & KIDS
Besides the doctors and his fellow stars, Bridges will be getting a lot of support from his wife of 43 years, Susan Bridges. The pair met in 1975 when he was making the film “Rancho Deluxe” in Paradise Valley, Montana.
At the time, his future wife was working in the town as a waitress. The couple went on to have three daughters: Isabelle, 39, Jessica, 37, and Hayley, 35, plus they’re grandparents to Grace, 9, and Ben, 5