Jeff Bridges did a video for a covid prevention treatment that gave me goosebumps. I’m so happy and grateful that this incredible man survived both lymphoma and covid. I’m not blowing smoke – he’s a national treasure and we need to do the most to give him his flowers and appreciate that he’s still with us. The four minute video, below, is technically an ad for AstraZeneca’s “Long-Acting Monoclonal Antibody Therapy” which is designed to prevent severe covid in immunocompromised people. The ad is incredibly well done and moving, with Bridges moving through a forest and talking about his health journey and the gratitude he has for his family. Yahoo! transcribed some of what he said and here’s part of their writeup.
“I love being alive, man. And I got very close to losing it all,” Bridges says in the new PSA.
[He] knew something was wrong two years ago when he was exercising and felt like he had an extra “bone” in his stomach. It turned out to be a 9 by 12 inch tumor in his abdomen.
“There was no pain and it turns out I had lymphoma,” he explains.
While Bridges underwent chemotherapy, he contracted COVID-19 at the treatment center.
“It turns out that COVID made my cancer look like a piece of cake. So it knocked me out. It was a bizarre experience,” the actor recalls. “In times like that where you’re close to death man, I mean they didn’t know if I was going to make it a lot of times.”
Near death, Bridges “realized how dear and how important the intimacy” is with his family. The actor’s goal was to walk his daughter, Hayley, down the aisle. He accomplished that last year. Bridges not only survived COVID, but was told in 2021 his cancer was in remission.
“Not everybody understands what immunocompromised people are going through right now,” he shares.
Part of the actor’s treatment was undergoing long-acting monoclonal antibody therapy at his doctor’s suggestion. The extra layer of protection seemed to work when his wife came down with the coronavirus.
“I’m in the house with her, but I didn’t get it,” he notes.
Kumail Nanjiani is also part of this campaign with his wife, Emily V. Gordon. Hopefully we’ll get a video from them soon. Getting back to Bridges, it was sweet when he said that he worked hard to be able to walk his daughter down the aisle. You could tell that he was fighting to be with his family. It’s excellent that there’s an effective treatment available for immunocompromised people, I just hope it’s accessible. My son had covid a couple of months ago, we were still living together at the time and I didn’t catch it because we wore a mask around each other. Masks work incredibly well.
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