Jeff Bridges “danced” with his mortality a year ago after testing positive for COVID-19 in the middle of his cancer treatment.
In the latest issue of People magazine, the 72-year-old actor recalled that he was “pretty close to dying” after his chemotherapy weakened his immune system and he tested positive for COVID-19. By 2020, Bridges was diagnosed with lymphoma. It’s him now in remission.
The actor previously shared that he got coronavirus in January last year, not long after he started chemo. At the time, the vaccine was not yet available and his treatment had to be suspended as his COVID-19 symptoms took a turn for the worse.
“COVID made my cancer look like nothing,” Bridges told the publication, explaining how he struggled with the air, shook uncontrollably and was in extreme pain. “I could not even roll over in bed without calling the nurse to help me with the oxygen.”
Bridges’ wife, Susan Geston, said she “did not know if he would recover.” When she got a call from the hospital that they might have to put her spouse in a ventilator, she said, “‘Save his life. No matter what you do’.”
Fortunately, the “Big Lebowski” star was kept away from the fan, but even he expressed to People that he felt he was “pretty close to dying.”
“The doctors kept saying to me, ‘Jeff, you have to fight. You’re not fighting.’ “I was in a state of surrender. I was ready to go,” he said. “I danced with my mortality.”
Brother first shared his COVID-19 diagnosis in September 2021, he simultaneously announced that his cancer was in remission.
Lymphoma is a blood cancer that affects lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell that defends the body against bacteria and viruses, according to Lymphoma Research Foundation.
At the time, he said his 9 “x 12” mass was “shrunk to the size of a marble,” and his COVID-19 was “in hindsight.”
His wife also got the virus but was in the hospital for five days while writing that he spent five weeks.
The Oscar winner also told that he noticed a difference in how he felt after he was vaccinated.
Bridges continues to share his latest projects on his Social Media and blog. Most recently, he shared how excited he was to share the trailer for his upcoming thriller series, “The Old Man,” scheduled to debut on June 16 on FX.