Recalling the tremendous pain he went through when hospitalized, Bridges thought he was "getting close to the Pearly Gates."
Things are finally looking up for Jeff Bridges who has shared a message of hope and positivity.
The Academy Award winner first revealed last year that he was diagnosed with Lymphoma. Quoting his character "The Dude" from the crime comedy bowling movie The Big Lebowski, for which he won the Oscar, he tweeted: "New S**T has come to light," and went on to say, "Although it is a serious disease, I feel fortunate that I have a great team of doctors and the prognosis is good. I’m starting treatment and will keep you posted on my recovery."
I’m profoundly grateful for the love and support from my family and friends.— Jeff Bridges (@TheJeffBridges) October 20, 2020
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
Earlier this year, he gave us an update about his cancer treatment and said that his 9x12 inch lump had reduced to 2x2 inches. But all was not well as one would have wished. With the good news of his shrinking tumor, he also revealed that during his chemo sessions he was exposed to the COVID-19 virus at the hospital. Soon, he and his wife, Susan Geston tested positive and were admitted to the hospital. While Geston was hospitalized for five days, he spent nearly five weeks at the hospital. "The reason I'm there so long is that my immune system is shot from the chemo," he wrote.
The 71-year-old also added, "My dance with Covid makes my cancer look like a piece of cake." He recalled the tremendous pain he went through when he was hospitalized and felt that he was "getting close to the Pearly Gates." But he still felt "joyous and happy most of the time." He went on to say: "This brush with mortality has brought me a real gift — life is brief & beautiful. Love is all around us, & available @ all times." With his optimistic and positive mindset, he was ready to win all the battles. And in his most recent update, he had more happy news to share.
The tumor that was already shrinking, he said, is now the size of a marble. "My COVID is in the rearview mirror," he wrote. "COVID kicked my a** pretty good, but I'm double vaccinated & feeling much better now. I heard that the vaccine can help folks with Long Haulers. Maybe that's the cause of my quick improvement." Bridges is referring to "long haulers" who are patients after recovered from COVID-19 infection but still experience symptoms and difficulties, as per CBS News. He also explained how he still needed oxygen assistance which he needed until recently to even walk around. "The sound of it reminds me of Darth Vader," he said.
He expressed his gratefulness to the therapist he was working with to help him to become more independent. Bridges shared that he had one goal in mind and that was to walk his daughter Hayley down the aisle for her wedding. "Thanks to [my therapist] Zach and my incredible medical team, I was able to, not only walk Hay down the aisle but to do a father bride dance with her, without oxygen," he shared proudly. He even shared a heartwarming video of the moment where he danced freely and with a big smile on his face.
Bridges is already bouncing back and also expressed his eagerness to get back to work. He will be starring in The Old Man for FX, a drama based on the novel from Thomas Perry of the same name. It will premiere next year after the shoot was delayed because of Bridges diagnosis. The show is about a former CIA officer who finds himself on the run from people who want to kill him. It also stars John Lithgow, Amy Brenneman, and Alia Shawkat.