Jeff Bridges Says COVID Made Cancer 'Look Like A Piece of Cake'

Carolyn Crist

September 14, 2021

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Actor Jeff Bridges said Monday that his lymphoma is in remission and that he is feeling better after contracting COVID-19, though the virus made his cancer "look like a piece of cake."

"COVID kicked my ass pretty good, but I'm double vaccinated and feeling much better now," he wrote on his website.

"I heard that the vaccine can help folks with Long Haulers," he said. "Maybe that's the cause of my quick improvement."

Bridges, 71, announced in October 2020 that he had been diagnosed with lymphoma, a type of blood cancer, according to NBC News. At the time, he said the prognosis was "good" and he was starting treatment.

On Monday, Bridges said that he was in remission and that the 9-inch by 12-inch mass had shrunk to the size of a marble. He linked to another update he wrote in March but hadn't yet posted, which explained that he contracted COVID-19 while receiving chemotherapy treatments.

Bridges and his wife, Sue, got sick and "shared an ambulance to the ICU," he wrote. She was hospitalized for 5 days, and he was hospitalized for 5 weeks.

"The reason I'm there so long is because my immune system is shot from the chemo," he said. "My dance with COVID makes my cancer look like a piece of cake."

Although Bridges had moments of "tremendous pain" and felt he was "gettin' close to the pearly gates," he said he felt happy and appreciated life. He also said Monday that he has needed oxygen assistance to walk around, but with the help of therapy, he was able to meet his goal of walking his daughter down the aisle at her wedding. He was also able to enjoy the father-daughter dance without oxygen assistance.

"The sound it makes reminds me of Darth Vader," he said.


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