Jeff Bridges Provides Update on Battle with Cancer, Difficult Recovery

by Leanne Stahulak

Jeff Bridges announced he’s now recovering from both lymphoma and COVID-19, which he contracted earlier this year.

People reported that the “Big Lebowski” actor provided an update on his website about his cancer finally being in remission. He was diagnosed last fall with the deadly disease and has apparently been receiving chemo treatment for it since then.

“The 9″ x 12″ mass has shrunk down to the size of a marble,” Jeff Bridges wrote in a new blog post on his website. But while receiving treatment, he contracted COVID.

Bridges caught the virus back in January before he got vaccinated. On Jan. 7, the Oscar-winner received a letter from the clinic where he underwent chemotherapy for his lymphoma. It said he may have been exposed to COVID there.

“Soon after, my wife Sue and I share an ambulance to the ICU. We both got the ‘rona,” Bridges said. “Sue spends 5 days in the hospital. Me…? I’m there 5 weeks. The reason I’m there so long is because my immune system is shot from the chemo. My dance with COVID makes my cancer look like a piece of cake.”

Jeff Bridges then went into detail about how intense his COVID illness was, and how close he came to death.

“While I had moments of tremendous pain (screaming singing, a sort of moaning song all through the night) getting close to the Pearly Gates, all in all, I felt happy and joyous most of the time,” he said. “This brush with mortality has brought me a real gift — LIFE IS BRIEF AND BEAUTIFUL. LOVE IS ALL AROUND US, AND AVAILABLE AT ALL TIMES.”

Jeff Bridges Talks New Life Perspective After Near Death Experience

We’re glad to see that Jeff Bridges found a silver lining amidst all that pain from both cancer and COVID. Now, he’s on the up and up after receiving both vaccinations, and COVID seems to be “in the rearview mirror.”

“COVID kicked my ass pretty good, but I’m double vaccinated and feeling much better now,” he said. “I heard that the vaccine can help folks with long haulers. Maybe that’s the cause of my quick improvement.”

Bridges set a goal for himself as he recovered from the virus. After dealing with COVID, the actor needed oxygen assistance to help him walk around. But he wanted to walk his daughter Hayley down the aisle at her wedding without the oxygen assistance. Working out in physical therapy helped him do just that.

Dealing with two deadly medical conditions at the same time really caused Bridges to adopt a new perspective on life.

“We, (I) often want some other gift that life isn’t giving us. I mean, who would want to get cancer and COVID?” Bridges said. “Well…it turns out I would. I would because I get to learn more about love and learn things that I never would have if I never got it.”

He concluded with, “Here’s a FLASH I had — home is the place where a person can receive, give and learn about love. And that place, home, is really wherever you are at any given moment, right now, for instance.”