United States.- Blythe Danner indicated that she feels “lucky to be alive” after her long-standing battle with oral cancer, which was the same disease that killed her husband, the director Bruce Paltrow, 20 years ago.
The 79-year-old actress, who is the mother of Gwyneth Paltrow, told People he was diagnosed with a rare form of the disease, adenoid cystic carcinoma, which usually forms in the salivary glands, in 2008. An estimated 54,000 people are diagnosed with the condition each year, this from according to the Oral Center Foundation.
Everyone is affected by cancer in some way, but it’s unusual for a couple to have the same cancer,” said the Will and Grace celebrity. She and her husband were married for 33 years.
Blythe was working in London when she decided to get checked out. “I started to feel really dizzy and I was forgetting everything, and then I felt a lump in my neck, right next to where Bruce had found his. [en 1999]. I remember looking up at the sky and saying to Bruce, ‘Do you get lonely up there?'”
At first, the famous did not tell anyone, not even her children, Gwyneth, 50, and director Jake Paltrow, 47, about her results. “I hid it from my children for a long time. I wanted to move on as a mother and I didn’t want them to worry,” she shared.
When the star finally decided to break the news to her family, everything turned upside down. “It was terrifying,” Gwyneth admitted. “And it felt really creepy because it was so similar [al de mi padre]”.
Blythe underwent two operations, radiation, chemotherapy and alternative treatments to fight cancer. Additionally, a third surgery in 2020 with Dr. Mark DeLacure removed any remaining cancerous tissue. “She got through it very gracefully,” Gwyneth recalled. “She surprised me how strong she could be.”
On how her diagnosis affected her family, Blythe commented, “I think we’ve all become stronger in some ways.” It’s a bit of a dice game: this disease and this life. But I have had a career, good children, and a loving husband. I’m very grateful”.