Jane Fonda is not afraid to die. The Oscar winner came to the realization after a breast cancer diagnosis in 2010.
Fonda has two adult children and admitted that her diagnosis came as a huge shock. But despite the news and a lumpectomy she underwent that November, she made a stellar recovery from her illness.
The actress recently sat down for an interview on Oprah’s Next Chapter. During the interview, she called her cancer diagnosis “a good test.” Fonda explained:
“… I always said I’m not afraid of dying. And I wasn’t. I mean, I felt (that), god, I’ve just joined a family of millions of women who have gone through this. And how interesting. What a journey this is going to be.”
Despite her brush with death, Jane Fonda acknowledged that she wasn’t afraid of death. Instead, she explained that death comes to everyone at some point. Instead of fearing her mortality in the face of breast cancer, the actress was determined to fight her disease like millions of other brave women around the world.
And fight she did. The Monster-in-Law star had a non-invasive, relatively small tumor. She was given the all-clear after the lump was surgically removed. She was also told she was “woo percent cancer-free” just a few months after the operation.
Fonda added of her thoughts during the cancer scare, “I just thought, ‘You know, maybe I’ll make it and maybe I won’t.’ I didn’t get scared. I hope I don’t die. But I’m not scared of dying.”
Along with surviving cancer, Jane Fonda also manages to defy the ageing process. The 75-year-old manages to stay physically fit while suffering from age-related problems. The actress admitted that she suffers from osteoarthritis, though she doesn’t let it slow her down. Fonda has also undergone a hip replacement and a knee replacement.
But despite her ordeals, Jane Fonda remains headstrong and not afraid to die.