June 6, 2023

Jeff Bridges says that his tumor has shrunk significantly, however that his COVID restoration has been an extended, extra sophisticated course of.

Chatting with AARP for the journal’s newest cowl story, Bridges provided a standing replace on his most cancers therapy and spoke about how he reasoned via returning to work after his bout with COVID-19.

The actor, who spoke to the journal a number of days forward of filming the second season of The Outdated Man, shared that his well being is generally again and that the 9-by-12-inch tumor he at one level had in his abdomen has shrunk significantly amid his therapy. (The actor publicly introduced he had been recognized with lymphoma in October 2020 and shared in September 2021 that his most cancers was in remission.)

“I used to be doing these struggle scenes for the primary episode of The Outdated Man and didn’t know that I had a 9-by-12-inch tumor in my physique,” Bridges mentioned, earlier than noting that his tumor has since shrunk “to the dimensions of a marble.”

The place he has discovered probably the most challenges together with his well being is in his COVID-19 restoration. Bridges was being handled for his most cancers on the identical time he contracted the virus, a difficult state of affairs for somebody whose immune system was already struggling. The restoration course of, he mentioned, remains to be ongoing.

“Lots of getting higher was a matter of setting actually small targets. At first, they’d say, ‘How lengthy are you able to stand?’ For some time, my document was 45 seconds earlier than I’d collapse. After which they had been saying: ‘Oh, look, you’re standing for a minute! That’s so cool, now are you able to stroll 5 ft?’” he recalled.

The actor, who has beforehand shared that he contemplated his personal dying whereas battling two sicknesses, additionally thought of — if he did occur to outlive — whether or not he’d be capable of work once more.

“I didn’t assume I’d ever work once more, actually,” he advised the journal. “So at first I mentioned, ‘Nicely, we’ll see.’ However finally that turned, ‘Perhaps I can.’ I’ve to confess that I used to be nonetheless terrified of going again to work.”

What finally modified, he mentioned, is similar form of shifted perspective that obtained him via his COVID episode. “I started to consider my restoration as a present being offered,” he mentioned.