Hollywood star Jeff Bridges says he appreciates his mortality after his recent cancer diagnosis.
The Oscar-winning actor, 70, revealed earlier this month that he had been diagnosed with lymphoma and was having treatment for the “serious disease”.
Now, the Crazy Heart star has spoken about the impact the health battle has had on his state of mind.
Writing on his website, Jeff penned: “This cancer thing is bringing on feelings of preciousness, and gratitude, and good old fashion love, and lots of it, big time.
“I’m feeling so much of it comin’ my way, and man, I appreciate it.
“It’s contagious, all this love, like some kind of positive virus.”
The star of The Big Lebowski shared his gratitude for all the kind message he received from his fans and loved ones.
Jeff added: “It feels good to get all the well wishes and love!”
The actor concluded by referring to his new appreciation of his “mortality”.
He penned: “I’m realizing if I have s**t to share, now’s the time.”
When revealing his diagnosis earlier in October, Jeff said the prognosis for his condition looks positive.
On social media, he wrote referring to his Big Lebowski character: “As the Dude would say.. New S*** has come to light. 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.”
“I’m profoundly grateful for the love and support from my family and friends. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes.”
According to the US’ National Cancer Institute, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma has a five-year survival rate of 73 per cent.
Bridges married waitress Susan Geston in 1977 and they are still together 43 years later.
The couple have three daughters: Isabelle, 39, Jessica, 37, and Harley, 35.
Jeff and Susan also have one granddaughter, Isabelle’s nine-year-old daughter Grace.
The son of actors Lloyd and Dorothy Bridges, Jeff is also the sibling of fellow Hollywood star Beau Bridges, and uncle to Beau’s actor son, Jordan Bridges.
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