“The Large Lewbowski” actor Jeff Bridges is opening up about his scary battle with COVID-19 whereas receiving chemo for most cancers.
In an interview with People, the now-healthy 72-year-old stated the final yr and a half seems like “a weird dream” that he wasn’t certain he’d overcome.
It began when Bridges was doing a house exercise and felt one thing uncommon in his abdomen. He can be recognized with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
“I had a 12-by-9-inch tumor in my physique. Like a toddler in my physique. It didn’t damage or something,” he stated, shocked by the physician’s discovery.
He began chemo by infusion, then orally, immediately, and the “cocktail” of medication docs used “labored quick.”
However in January 2021, the chemo had weakened his immune system and the “True Grit” star bought COVID at a time when the vaccine was not but out there.
“I had no defenses. That’s what chemo does — it strips you of all of your immune system. I had nothing to combat it,” he stated. “COVID made my most cancers appear like nothing.”
He would spend the subsequent 5 months in excessive ache within the hospital, yelling for nurses to assist him with oxygen each time he rolled over.
“I used to be fairly near dying. The docs saved telling me, ‘Jeff, you’ve bought to combat. You’re not combating.’ I used to be in give up mode. I used to be able to go. I used to be dancing with my mortality,” he stated.
The Oscar winner started seeing enhancements when his medical crew gave him a convalescent plasma, a remedy that makes use of blood from individuals who’ve recovered from an sickness to assist others heal. He additionally labored with a bodily therapist 3 times per week.
“Because the present began stepping into form, I stated, ‘Oh, we’re developing with one thing actually cool right here,’” Bridges stated.
His well being scares helped him see life, and spending time together with his spouse, Susan, in a brand new approach.
“Who would say, ‘I’d love some most cancers and provides me a dose of COVID?’ However my skill to obtain all of the love and provides it was simply heightened,” he says. “The whole lot was turned up in probably the most lovely approach.”
His new present, “The Outdated Man,” is about to premiere on FX on June 16.