In his recent battle for his life, Jeff Bridges faced both COVID-19 and cancer at the same time.
Furthermore, the fact that he had to receive chemotherapy treatments while the coronavirus destroyed his immune system worsened matters.
‘The chemo wipes out your immune system, and when COVID hit me, I had nothing to fight it,’ the Crazy Heart singer, 72, explained to E! News before admitting, “I was just really at death’s door a couple of times there.”
In October 2020, the Academy Award-winning actor disclosed that he had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. According to Medical News Today, while most NHL patients live at least five years following diagnosis, seniors like Bridges are more likely to pass away from the disease.
The cancer’s stage and dissemination are additional aspects that influence a person’s outlook.
The renowned actor’s doctors first said that his chemotherapy treatments were effective, but in early 2021, before vaccines and boosters were made accessible, he tested positive for COVID-19.
Bridges’ condition deteriorated to the point where he needed to spend more than four months in the hospital.
His thoughts were always racing over whether he would ever be able to work again or accompany his 36-year-old daughter Haley down the aisle at her wedding.
Jeff remembered the physicians telling him, “Jeff, you gotta fight,” when things worsened. What they were discussing eluded me. I observed, “Man, I’m in surrender mode here.” My family, a top-notch medical staff, and top-notch trainers all helped bring me back.
In September 2021, the actor from The Big Lebowski wrote on his blog that his experience with cancer and its treatments was “a piece of cake” compared to getting the coronavirus.
Bridges has a lot to live for, including his wife of 45 years, Susan Geston, his three daughters, and his three grandchildren. Since receiving a complete COVID-19 vaccination, he has shifted his attention to maintaining good health and spreading awareness by sharing his inspirational journey.
To encourage immunocompromised individuals to increase their antibodies in the face of the still-present COVID-19 epidemic, the musician and actor have partnered with AstraZeneca since the campaign’s inception.
People with weakened immune systems still can’t leave COVID-19 behind them, despite efforts made by a large portion of the world, according to Bridges.
After speaking with medical professionals, Bridged stated, “While the option to up my antibodies to protect me from COVID-19 wasn’t around when I was going through cancer treatment, it is now.” “I increased my antibodies as quickly as I could. I’m feeling more confident now to resume my favorite activities.”
The American Heart actor filmed a brand-new national PSA in which he shares his tale as part of his participation with the Up The Antibodies campaign.
Bridges walk through a field while toting an acoustic guitar at the start of the footage.
‘Missed a lot of stuff while I was away,’ he admits, ‘you know cancer, chemo, covid, that type of away.’
He becomes personal and introspective, saying, “I certainly missed my family, being with them,” while gazing up into the sky. I missed making movies with my pals.
He shuts his eyes, turns to face the sky again, and says, “I love being alive, man,” as he begins strumming the guitar. Almost everything I had was lost. My immune system was utterly destroyed, but fortunately, the worst is not yet to come. You can increase your antibodies before COVID arrives.
Bridges conclude the video by turning toward the camera and adding, “Because when your antibodies are up, well, you can get back to what you love.” with a big smile.
A further encouraging development is that Bridges’ disease is still in remission and that he did accompany his daughter down the aisle during her wedding.