Even though the world has seen enough problems through this year, here’s another piece of awful news: Jeff Bridges has been diagnosed with lymphoma.
Over Twitter, the beloved and Oscar-winning actor revealed the news, although he buffered the shock with his typical goofy sense of humor, channeling The Big Lebowski to make it all go down better than it should.
I’m profoundly grateful for the love and support from my family and friends.
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
— Jeff Bridges (@TheJeffBridges) October 20, 2020
“As the Dude would say.. New S**T has come to light,” he joked, before getting into the dense of it. “I have been diagnosed with Lymphoma. 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.”
He continued: I’m profoundly grateful for the love and support from my family and friends. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes.” He then made sure to pass on another positive note: “And, while I have you, please remember to go vote. Because we are all in this together.”
According to the Mayo Clinic, lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system, which is part of the body’s germ-fighting network. The system also includes the lymph nodes (lymph glands), spleen, thymus gland and bone marrow.
The disease, as the site says, can affect all those areas as well as other organs throughout the body. Treatments include chemotherapy, immunotherapy medications, radiation therapy, a bone marrow transplant or some combination of these.
However, it’s not yet clear which kind of lymphoma Bridges has.