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Jane Fonda admits she's 'not going to be around for much longer' after cancer diagnosis

Ali Condon

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Jane Fonda admits she's 'not going to be around for much longer' after cancer diagnosis

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Jane Fonda has warned fans that she doesn't think she's 'going to be around for much longer' after being diagnosed with cancer.

The Grace and Frankie actress broke the news back in September that she had been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and now expects that she'll be gone 'sooner rather than later.'

Despite her cancer being 'very treatable', Jane, 84, explained that she's just trying to be 'realistic' about the time she has left - and this star clearly has no time to beat around the bush.

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Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Jane admitted: "I’m not going to be around for much longer.

"When you get to be my age, you better be aware of the amount of time that is behind you, as opposed to in front of you. I mean, that’s just realistic.

"I’m ready. I’ve had a great life. Not that I want to go, but I’m aware that it’s going to be sooner rather than later."

Ever the optimist, is our Jane.

When she first revealed her health news back in September, Jane shared that she had started chemotherapy, and acknowledged how privileged she is to have health insurance and 'access to the best doctors and treatments.'

Jane also took the opportunity to urge other celebrities to use their platforms to open up discussions about urgent causes.

She wrote to Instagram at the time: "Almost every family in America has had to deal with cancer at one time or another and far too many don’t have access to the quality health care I am receiving and this is not right.

"We also need to be talking much more not just about cures but about causes so we can eliminate them.

"For example, people need to know that fossil fuels cause cancer. So do pesticides, many of which are fossil fuel-based, like mine.

"Believe me, I will not let any of this interfere with my climate activism."

She concluded: "Cancer is a teacher and I’m paying attention to the lessons it holds for me. One thing it’s shown me already is the importance of community. Of growing and deepening one’s community so that we are not alone.

"And the cancer, along with my age - almost 85 - definitely teaches the importance of adapting to new realities.

"The midterms are looming and they are beyond consequential, so you can count on me to be right there together with you as we grow our army of climate champions."

Jane, who is the daughter of actor Henry Fonda, has been in the acting business since the 1950s and over the course of her career she has been nominated for seven Oscars, winning two for Klute (1971) and Julie (1977).

Her sublime work has also landed her with two BAFTAs, seven Golden Globe Awards, one Primetime Emmy Award, the AFI Life Achievement Award, the Honorary Palme d'Or, among many others.

Topics: Celebrity, Health

Ali Condon
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