The core of the Earth is likely attempting to restabilize itself after it was shaken off its axis from so many people shouting, “Not the fucking Dude.” Cancer, continuing to be the absolute worst, has gotten to Jeff Bridges as he’s announced that he’s been diagnosed with lymphoma. But, Jeff reassures us all that his doctors believe he’s in a good place with it.
70-year-old Jeff made the announcement yesterday on both Twitter and Instagram, which feels weirdly off-brand to me, for some reason. Maybe it’s because I see Jeff as more of an iPhone-on-a-tripod-recording a-video-while-he-chills-out-in-a-hammock, then uploaded to YouTube type of guy. But Twitter and Instagram are clearly the platforms he felt most comfortable with. Quoting Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski (extremely appreciated), he explained that, “New shit has come to light,” and that new shit is the shittiest shit that 2020 could have thrown his way, which is lymphoma. He says that while it’s a serious disease, his doctors remain positive, and he’s starting treatment. He also gave a shout-out to everyone to go vote on November 3rd.
I’m profoundly grateful for the love and support from my family and friends.
Thank you for your prayers and well wishes. And, while I have you, please remember to go vote. Because we are all in this together. https://t.co/6sAU4MYixl
— Jeff Bridges (@TheJeffBridges) October 20, 2020
There are two main types of lymphoma: Hodgkin’s lymphoma and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. For example, Abby Lee Miller was diagnosed with the latter. Treatment for both usually involves chemotherapy, various medications, and radiation therapy.
Jeff has been working on the upcoming FX series The Old Man. FX, Touchstone Television, Hulu, and FXP released a joint statement of encouragement and support. via Variety:
“Our thoughts go out to Jeff and his family during this challenging time and they have our love and support. We wish him a safe and full recovery. And, as Jeff always says, ‘We are all in this together.’ Jeff, we are all in this together with you.”
With all fingers crossed, we’ll all hope his treatment works as it should, and he’s back to peppering his sentences with a variety of light-hearted dudes, mans, and whatevers, just as soon as he feels up to it. What am I saying? He’s probably already won the oncology floor’s award for Most Chillest Patient.