Jeff Bridges reflects on the challenges he faced during his battle with cancer and COVID-19.
the Only the brave The actor, who first spoke about his diagnosis of lymphoma in 2020 and is now in remission, explained that while the chemotherapy “worked quickly” to shrink the tumor in his body, the treatment also stripped his ” defenses” of health.
“That’s what chemo does,” he noted in an interview with People published on May 26. “It strips you of your entire immune system. I had nothing to fight it. COVID made my cancer feel like nothing.”
While battling both at once, Jeff said he felt like he was “dancing” with his “mortality.”
“I was about to die,” he shared. “The doctors kept telling me, ‘Jeff, you have to fight. You’re not fighting.’ I was in surrender mode. I was ready to go.”
According to the outlet, Jeff was able to find himself in better health after starting convalescent plasma therapy — a process in which the blood of those who have recovered from a specific disease is donated to patients who are battling that disease.