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Jeff Bridges, 70, tweets photo hooked up to iv and thanks fans for support after lymphoma diagnosis

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Jeff Bridges has said his cancer diagnosis has made him ‘appreciate [his] mortality’, and has brought on feelings of ‘gratitude’.

The star, 70, revealed last week he has been diagnosed with lymphoma, but he has been inundated with thoughtful messages and admitted all the love he has received feels like ‘some kind of positive virus’.

He wrote on his website: ‘This cancer thing is bringing on feelings of precociousness & gratitude & good old fashion love & lots of it, big time. I’m feeling so much of it comin’ my way, & man I appreciate it.

'Cancer is making me appreciate my mortality': Jeff Bridges, 70, shared a  photo of himself hooked up to an IV and said love from fans feels like a 'positive virus' following lymphoma diagnosis

'Cancer is making me appreciate my mortality': Jeff Bridges, 70, shared a  photo of himself hooked up to an IV and said love from fans feels like a 'positive virus' following lymphoma diagnosis

‘Cancer is making me appreciate my mortality’: Jeff Bridges, 70, shared a  photo of himself hooked up to an IV and said love from fans feels like a ‘positive virus’ following lymphoma diagnosis 

‘It’s contagious, all this love, like some kind of positive virus. I want to acknowledge & thank you guys for reaching out during this time. It feels good, getting all the well wishes & love!

‘This cancer is making me appreciate my mortality, appreciate impermanence. I’m realizing if I have s*** to share, now’s the time. (sic)”

Jeff also pointed people towards his site with a post on Instagram.

He wrote: ‘I want to thank you all for reaching out during this time, it feels good getting all the well wishes and love! I’ll be sharing more updates on my site. Link in bio.’

Information: Jeff shared this post on his website jeffbridges.com/latest where he updated fans on where how he is doing

Information: Jeff shared this post on his website jeffbridges.com/latest where he updated fans on where how he is doing

Information: Jeff shared this post on his website jeffbridges.com/latest where he updated fans on where how he is doing 

Bridges also pointed his fans to his website jeffbridges.com/latest where he promised he’ll be posting updates on his progress.

The actor revealed via social media on October 19 that he is being treated for the cancer and insisted that his prognosis is good. 

‘As the Dude would say.. New S**T has come to light,’ he tweeted, referencing his iconic role in The Big Lebowski. 

‘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 shared.

‘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. Love, Jeff.’ 

Health battle: Bridges revealed via social media on October 19 that he is being treated for the cancer and insisted that his prognosis is good

Health battle: Bridges revealed via social media on October 19 that he is being treated for the cancer and insisted that his prognosis is good

Health battle: Bridges revealed via social media on October 19 that he is being treated for the cancer and insisted that his prognosis is good

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Beloved actor: 'As the Dude would say.. New S**T has come to light,' he tweeted, referencing his iconic role in The Big Lebowski

Beloved actor: 'As the Dude would say.. New S**T has come to light,' he tweeted, referencing his iconic role in The Big Lebowski

Beloved actor: ‘As the Dude would say.. New S**T has come to light,’ he tweeted, referencing his iconic role in The Big Lebowski 

Bridges is currently in production on the action-drama series The Old Man, in which he stars and is executive producer.

The seven-time Oscar nominee is known for his roles in Starman, True Grit, The Last Picture Show and many other films. 

He won an Academy Award in 2010 for Crazy Heart and was most recently nominated for playing a grizzled lawman in Hell or High Water.

The affable Bridges is considered Hollywood royalty, the son of actors Lloyd and Dorothy Bridges, who both died in 1998.

Acclaimed star: The affable Bridges is considered Hollywood royalty, the son of actors Lloyd and Dorothy Bridges, who both died in 1998

Acclaimed star: The affable Bridges is considered Hollywood royalty, the son of actors Lloyd and Dorothy Bridges, who both died in 1998

Acclaimed star: The affable Bridges is considered Hollywood royalty, the son of actors Lloyd and Dorothy Bridges, who both died in 1998 

WHAT IS LYMPHOMA?

Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymph nodes, which is the body’s disease-fighting network.

That network consists of the spleen, bone marrow, lymph nodes and thymus gland. 

There are various types of lymphoma, but two main ones: non-Hodgkin’s and Hodgkin’s.

Both have much better prognoses than many types of cancer. 

WHAT IS HODGKIN’S LYMPHOMA?

Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a type of cancer that starts in the white blood cells. It is named after Thomas Hodgkin, an English doctor who first identified the disease in 1832.  

It affects around 1,950 people each year in the UK, and 8,500 a year in the US.

Hodgkin’s lymphoma is most common between the ages of 20 and 24, and 75 and 79. 

Five-year survival rates:

The survival rates are much more favorable than most other cancers. 

  • Stage 1: 90%
  • Stage 2: 90%
  • Stage 3: 80%
  • Stage 4: 65% 

Symptoms include: 

  • a painless swelling in the armpits, neck and groin 
  • heavy night sweating
  • extreme weight loss 
  • itching
  • shortness of breath 
  • coughing 

Risk factors: 

  • lowered immunity
  • a family history of the condition
  • smokers 
  • those who are overweight

Treatment: 

  • chemotherapy
  • radiotherapy
  • steroids 
  • stem cell or bone marrow transplants

WHAT IS NON-HODGKIN’S LYMPHOMA?

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma can occur anywhere in the body but is usually first noticed in the lymph nodes around sufferers’ necks.

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma affects around 13,700 new people every year in the UK. In the US, more than 74,600 people are diagnosed annually.

It is more common in males than females, and it is commonly diagnosed either in a patient’s early 20s or after the age of 55. 

Five-year survival rates:

Survival can vary widely with NHL. 

The general survival rate for five years is 70 percent, and the chance of living 10 years is approximately 60 percent. 

Symptoms include:

  • Painless swellings in the neck, armpit or groin
  • Heavy night sweating
  • Unexplained weight loss of more than one-tenth of a person’s body
  • Itching

Risk factors:

  • over 75
  • have a weak immune system
  • suffer from celiac disease
  • have a family history of the condition 
  • have had other types of cancer

Treatment:

It depends on the number and locations of the body affected by Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Therapy typically includes chemotherapy.

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Dancing With The Stars: Jeannie Mai makes cameo after surgery

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Jeannie Mai made a cameo on Monday evening’s edition of Dancing With the Stars, less than a month after she had withdrew from the show amid a medical crisis that led her to undergo emergency surgery on her throat.

The 41-year-old TV host, who was hospitalized with a condition called epiglottitis, was on hand for the season 29 finale, with Tyra Banks pointing her out in the studio audience.

The one-time How Do I Look? host took to Instagram earlier Monday with a selfie in which she was pictured in a hospital room surrounded by dozens of floral arrangement she was sent by friends.

Return: Jeannie Mai, 41, made a cameo on Monday evening's edition of Dancing With the Stars with her pro partner Brandon Armstrong

Return: Jeannie Mai, 41, made a cameo on Monday evening's edition of Dancing With the Stars with her pro partner Brandon Armstrong

Return: Jeannie Mai, 41, made a cameo on Monday evening’s edition of Dancing With the Stars with her pro partner Brandon Armstrong

‘Friendship is a wildly underrated medication,’ she said. ‘Those who come into your life and make you see sun where you saw clouds. The past few weeks felt loonng and heavy as I couldn’t speak or leave bed.

‘But the calls, text messages, funny videos, matzo ball soupssss, bone broths & encouraging words from all my friends in work and LIFE brought me back to [100 percent emoji]‼’

Mai said that she was headed back to the show and The Real, adding, ‘Your Asian sensation bout to be BACK TOMORROW cuz she misses talking hunnnay.’

Mai told People on Monday that she feels ’96 percent better, and felt supported by both shows she was appearing on.

The TV host, who was hospitalized with a condition called epiglottitis, was on hand for the season 29 finale

The TV host, who was hospitalized with a condition called epiglottitis, was on hand for the season 29 finale

The TV host, who was hospitalized with a condition called epiglottitis, was on hand for the season 29 finale

Mai left the show at the beginning of the month amid a health crisis that hindered her ability to breathe

Mai left the show at the beginning of the month amid a health crisis that hindered her ability to breathe

Mai left the show at the beginning of the month amid a health crisis that hindered her ability to breathe 

‘It’s really rare to see in television or in work, where people genuinely care about you,’ Mai said. ‘But I can definitely say with DWTS and The Real, these people genuinely cared about my wellbeing and took care of me and supported me throughout my entire process of healing.

‘I have to thank The Real for being so understanding the entire step of the way. The Real truly is my family and they were just so encouraging and held it down for me for our daily talk show that made me feel so warmed and loved every day that I watched the ladies.’

Mai left the show at the beginning of the month, taking to Instagram to inform her followers about leaving the show amid a health crisis that hindered her ability to breathe.

Beauty: The TV personality donned a brown leather dress as she waved

Beauty: The TV personality donned a brown leather dress as she waved

Beauty: The TV personality donned a brown leather dress as she waved 

Mai is also headed back to The Real in the wake of the health scare

Mai is also headed back to The Real in the wake of the health scare

Mai is also headed back to The Real in the wake of the health scare

She said, ‘Although I am grateful to be recovering safely, I can’t lie… I am devastated by the fact that my journey with #DWTS will end this way. Dancing on this show has been the most exhilarating adventure. I’ve gained both beautiful friendships and loving supporters.’

She subsequently appeared on DWTS in a clip from a hospital, in which she opened up the medical situation that lead to her leaving the program.

‘I found out that I have a throat abscess, where my tonsils and my throat had gotten so infected that it started permeating to the rest of the areas behind my neck and behind my ears,’ she said, ‘that I had to get emergency surgery which is why I’m here now.’

Mai on Monday that she feels '96 percent better, and felt supported by both shows she was appearing on

Mai on Monday that she feels '96 percent better, and felt supported by both shows she was appearing on

Mai on Monday that she feels ’96 percent better, and felt supported by both shows she was appearing on

The one-time How Do I Look? host took to Instagram earlier Monday with a selfie in which she was pictured in a hospital room surrounded by dozens of floral arrangement she was sent by friends

The one-time How Do I Look? host took to Instagram earlier Monday with a selfie in which she was pictured in a hospital room surrounded by dozens of floral arrangement she was sent by friends

The one-time How Do I Look? host took to Instagram earlier Monday with a selfie in which she was pictured in a hospital room surrounded by dozens of floral arrangement she was sent by friends 

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Imogen Thomas puts on a leggy display in an oversized cardigan during low-key outing in Chelsea

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She never fails to turn heads with her stylish fashion choices.

And Imogen Thomas put on a leggy display as she stocked up on snacks and refueled her car during a low-key outing in London‘s Chelsea on Tuesday. 

The model, 36, looked stunning as she slipped into an oversized cream knitted cardigan while out and out running errands.

Looking good: Imogen Thomas put on a leggy display as she stocked up on snacks and refueled her car during a low-key outing in London's Chelsea on Tuesday

Looking good: Imogen Thomas put on a leggy display as she stocked up on snacks and refueled her car during a low-key outing in London's Chelsea on Tuesday

Looking good: Imogen Thomas put on a leggy display as she stocked up on snacks and refueled her car during a low-key outing in London’s Chelsea on Tuesday

Imogen wowed as she showed off her slender pins in the cable-knit cardigan, boosting her height with a pair of towering black, lace-up boots. 

The beauty allowed her knitwear to do all the talking as she kept the rest of her look simple, accessorising with an understated gold pendant.

Imogen allowed her brunette tresses to cascade over her shoulders, with the former reality star donning minimal make-up for the day. 

The star appeared lost in her own thoughts as she stocked up on treats and topped up her petrol before continuing with her day.  

Leggy look: The model, 36, looked stunning as she slipped into an oversized cream knitted cardigan while out and out running errands

Leggy look: The model, 36, looked stunning as she slipped into an oversized cream knitted cardigan while out and out running errands

Leggy look: The model, 36, looked stunning as she slipped into an oversized cream knitted cardigan while out and out running errands

Single-mother Imogen, who has two daughters with ex-partner Adam Horsley, recently admitted no-one has been ‘good enough’ to introduce to her children.

She said in an interview with New! magazine last month: ‘I cut guys off more than I eat hot dinners.

‘I’m savage and I’m not very nice to guys. I don’t even know what I want myself, but I will know when he comes along.’

Winter style: Imogen wowed as she showed off her slender pins in the cable-knit cardigan, boosting her height with a pair of towering black, lace-up boots

Winter style: Imogen wowed as she showed off her slender pins in the cable-knit cardigan, boosting her height with a pair of towering black, lace-up boots

Winter style: Imogen wowed as she showed off her slender pins in the cable-knit cardigan, boosting her height with a pair of towering black, lace-up boots

Catching the eye: The beauty allowed her knitwear to do all the talking as she kept the rest of her look simple, accessorising with an understated gold pendant

Catching the eye: The beauty allowed her knitwear to do all the talking as she kept the rest of her look simple, accessorising with an understated gold pendant

Catching the eye: The beauty allowed her knitwear to do all the talking as she kept the rest of her look simple, accessorising with an understated gold pendant

Running errands: The star appeared lost in her own thoughts as she stocked up on treats and topped up her petrol before continuing with her day

Running errands: The star appeared lost in her own thoughts as she stocked up on treats and topped up her petrol before continuing with her day

Running errands: The star appeared lost in her own thoughts as she stocked up on treats and topped up her petrol before continuing with her day

The reality star, who rose to fame on Big Brother in 2006, also said lockdown has ‘rebooted’ her dating life.

Imogen, who is a member of exclusive dating app Raya, explained how she is ‘bored’ of swiping and admitted there are a lot of people that she has dubbed ‘Raya Players’.

The model, who split from former partner Adam in 2018 following a six-year relationship, also said she is cautious of introducing someone to her daughters Ariana, seven, and Siera, four.

High standards: Single-mother Imogen, who has two daughters with ex-partner Adam Horsley, recently admitted no-one has been 'good enough' to introduce to her children

High standards: Single-mother Imogen, who has two daughters with ex-partner Adam Horsley, recently admitted no-one has been 'good enough' to introduce to her children

High standards: Single-mother Imogen, who has two daughters with ex-partner Adam Horsley, recently admitted no-one has been ‘good enough’ to introduce to her children

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TOWIE’s Kelsey Stratford’s sister, 8, fights coronavirus and sepsis

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Kelsey Stratford is terrified as her sister fights coronavirus and sepsis in intensive care – with her family unable to visit.

The TOWIE star, 19, said doctors at London‘s Great Ormond Street hospital are ‘doing everything they can’ for Kennedy, eight, who has terminal condition Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

In an interview with MailOnline, Kelsey spoke of her longing for Kennedy to make a full recovery, as living at her family home without her sibling is unbearable. 

'We all don't know what's going to happen': Kelsey Stratford is terrified as her sister fights coronavirus and sepsis in an intensive care unit – with her family unable to visit

'We all don't know what's going to happen': Kelsey Stratford is terrified as her sister fights coronavirus and sepsis in an intensive care unit – with her family unable to visit

‘We all don’t know what’s going to happen’: Kelsey Stratford is terrified as her sister fights coronavirus and sepsis in an intensive care unit – with her family unable to visit

Kelsey explained that Kennedy’s condition weakens her immune system and she’s spent every winter in intensive care after catching colds and on worse occasions, pneumonia.

After contracting coronavirus, Kelsey fears the worst for her sister, as she’s one of the first SMA type 1 patients to fall ill with the disease and now has sepsis. 

She said: ‘I am positive she will beat it but it’s never happened before to an SMA type 1 patient, they have never caught something like this so we all don’t know what’s going to happen.

‘Kennedy has been in intensive care every winter, her entire life. But she is really struggling with Covid. We’re heartbroken.

'She is in the best place'; The TOWIE star said doctors at Great Ormond Street hospital are 'doing everything they can' for Kennedy, who has terminal condition Spinal Muscular Atrophy

'She is in the best place'; The TOWIE star said doctors at Great Ormond Street hospital are 'doing everything they can' for Kennedy, who has terminal condition Spinal Muscular Atrophy

‘She is in the best place’; The TOWIE star said doctors at Great Ormond Street hospital are ‘doing everything they can’ for Kennedy, who has terminal condition Spinal Muscular Atrophy

‘She is in the best place, she is in Great Ormond Street intensive care and my stepdad is doing a really good job helping her with her treatment and I know how strong Kennedy is.

‘Now she has sepsis, it makes it a lot more serious because she has that on top of Covid, which was terrible anyway. It’s really not good at the moment but the doctors are doing everything they can.’ 

The hardest part for Kelsey is the guilt of leaving Kennedy on her own in hospital as she knows her sister will be missing the family, which extends to her mum, stepdad and six other brothers and sisters. 

She added: ‘That’s what makes this harder, I feel like she’s on her own. 

'It is so quiet without her': In an interview with MailOnline, Kelsey spoke of her longing for Kennedy to make a full recovery, as living at her family home without her sibling is unbearable

'It is so quiet without her': In an interview with MailOnline, Kelsey spoke of her longing for Kennedy to make a full recovery, as living at her family home without her sibling is unbearable

‘It is so quiet without her’: In an interview with MailOnline, Kelsey spoke of her longing for Kennedy to make a full recovery, as living at her family home without her sibling is unbearable

‘No one else can go in and see her because she’s in intensive care and because of Covid. It is so quiet without her because when she’s here all she does is boss us about and she’s so loud, she’s always singing. 

‘It’s really quiet without her. She has my stepdad who’s been able to visit but I know she would love to see all of us.

What is Spinal Muscular Atrophy? 

Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is a disease that weakens a patient’s strength by affecting the motor nerve cells in the spinal cord.

It results in gradual muscle wasting and the severity of symptoms varies by type. 

Type 1: SMA is the most severe and is evident at birth. The weakening of muscles means sufferers cannot sit and usually leads to death by the age of five

Type 2: Is intermediate with the sufferer being unable to stand

Type 3: Is mild and makes it difficult to get up from a sitting position, while 

Type 4: Sufferers don’t have symptoms until they are in their 20s or 30s

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‘My mum and I FaceTime her but when I speak to her I can tell she’s not really talkative, normally she’s so full of life and funny but I’ll say things to her and she doesn’t really reply. That’s because she’s in discomfort and very ill. 

‘She’s been sleeping a lot but we do try to cheer her up. I just want her to come home. She’s not getting better so it could be a while yet but hopefully before Christmas.’ 

Kelsey, who found fame on TOWIE in 2019, was forced to move out of her family home so she could continue working this year, while sister Kennedy shielded from the virus.

'She would love to see all of us': The hardest part for Kelsey is the guilt of leaving Kennedy on her own in hospital as she knows her sister will be missing the family

'She would love to see all of us': The hardest part for Kelsey is the guilt of leaving Kennedy on her own in hospital as she knows her sister will be missing the family

‘She would love to see all of us’: The hardest part for Kelsey is the guilt of leaving Kennedy on her own in hospital as she knows her sister will be missing the family 

Despite the family’s careful efforts in protecting vulnerable Kennedy from the disease, she was hospitalised with Covid last week.

‘We did try so hard,’ Kelsey continued.

‘She hasn’t left the house since the first lockdown. I moved out for three months because we were shielding her, no one was coming in or out of the house.

‘For my mum and stepdad, not leaving the house for such a long time has been hard. It drives you crazy. For Kennedy as well, she must have been so bored.

‘But when lockdown was over, we started going to shops, so it she could have caught it from anyone. She has such a low immune system she catches everything.’

'We did try so hard': Despite the family's careful efforts in protecting vulnerable Kennedy from the disease, she was hospitalised with Covid last week and has now fallen ill with sepsis

'We did try so hard': Despite the family's careful efforts in protecting vulnerable Kennedy from the disease, she was hospitalised with Covid last week and has now fallen ill with sepsis

‘We did try so hard’: Despite the family’s careful efforts in protecting vulnerable Kennedy from the disease, she was hospitalised with Covid last week and has now fallen ill with sepsis 

Kelsey was just 12-years-old when her sister was born and diagnosed with SMA, which is a disease that affects the central nervous system and skeletal muscle movement.

Kennedy had a twin brother Karter, who sadly passed away within a year of being born, when Kelsey was a child. 

Kelsey explained: ‘When I was a kid I didn’t really understand what was going on and it became normal to me.

‘Kennedy would be rushed to hospital and stop breathing, as a kid I look back and I’m so upset as I was so young going through all that.

'I loved it': On the latest series of TOWIE, Kelsey opened up about the difficulties of being Kennedy's sister and hosted a Ping-Pong event to raise awareness for SMA

'I loved it': On the latest series of TOWIE, Kelsey opened up about the difficulties of being Kennedy's sister and hosted a Ping-Pong event to raise awareness for SMA

‘I loved it’: On the latest series of TOWIE, Kelsey opened up about the difficulties of being Kennedy’s sister and hosted a Ping-Pong event to raise awareness for SMA 

‘It has completely changed my home life because the focus is on Kennedy 24/7 whereas when I was younger, it was on me and we were always going out together as a family. It is hard.’

On the latest series of TOWIE, Kelsey opened up about the difficulties of being Kennedy’s sister and hosted a Ping-Pong event to raise awareness for SMA. 

Kennedy even cameoed on an episode, as Kelsey proudly showed co-stars Chloe, Demi and Frankie Sims a video of her sibling. 

She said: ‘Before I spoke about my sister on the show, everyone thought I was normal and lived a good life – that’s why you can’t judge a book by its cover. 

‘I loved it and she loved it too, she’s a big fan of the show, she watches it every week. She was really happy to be on it. She thinks she’s more famous than me now though!’ 

Fundraising: In honour of Kennedy, Kelsey has setup a Just Giving page in line with Christmas Jumper Day, which can be found in her Instagram bio

Fundraising: In honour of Kennedy, Kelsey has setup a Just Giving page in line with Christmas Jumper Day, which can be found in her Instagram bio

Fundraising: In honour of Kennedy, Kelsey has setup a Just Giving page in line with Christmas Jumper Day, which can be found in her Instagram bio

In honour of Kennedy, and to fundraise for other families that continue to fight against SMA, Kelsey has setup a Just Giving page in line with Christmas Jumper Day, which can be found on her Instagram bio or the SMA UK website. 

She said: ‘I am doing a Christmas jumper day where I am raising the money for SMA UK.

‘I have a page on my Instagram bio and people can click on that or they can go on the SMA UK charity and donate that way. So far I have raised £800.’  

If you’d like to donate to SMA UK, please visit Kelsey’s Just Giving page by clicking here

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