Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Top Gun actor and throat cancer survivor, Val Kilmer, says people should not lose hope.
On Instagram, Kilmer, 60, told fans that despite all the uncertainty created by Covid-19, people will rebuild their confidence unite together. Following his battle with throat cancer in 2015, clearly Kilmer knows about resilience in difficult times.Read More
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I just wanted to wish everyone a wonderful day. It's an extraordinary time for all of us. Little by little we will rebuild our confidence. We know the strength of America. And that strength comes from each of us, united to do good and reinforce the importance of values and decency. I'd like to share this bit of wisdom from one of the greatest Americans, Mark Twain – "The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up." With that, I hope I've helped make your day and little brighter and that you'll take that feeling and pass it along to another. Stay safe and stay strong. Your Huckleberry.
Val Kilmer’s Life After Throat Cancer
Known for his iconic roles as Iceman in Top Gun and Batman in Batman Forever, Kilmer’s career took a backseat after he was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2015. During treatment, the 80’s heartthrob underwent tracheostomy surgery — a procedure which connects the windpipe to a hole in the front of the neck for patients with obstructed breathing, throat cancer, or throat paralysis.
Despite his diagnosis, Kilmer didn’t stop exploring creative outlets. While recovering, the actor started painting and his work has appeared in galleries in New York City to Los Angeles, California. Additionally, Kilmer decided to share his personal life story through a debut memoir titled I’m Your Huckleberry where he discusses his battle with throat cancer for the first time.
Coping With Fear During Covid-19
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic is obviously causing a lot of stress for people around the world, and especially cancer patients. In order to cope with this increased stress, it’s important that people are mindful of their emotions and open about how they feel.
“I encourage you to let your family and friends know your concerns and fears at this time,” Dr. Dianne Shumay, a psychologist who works exclusively with cancer patients at The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Cancer Center. “In cancer psychology, we’ve been using a technique called acceptance and commitment therapy. This technique allows us to use mindfulness and values-based living to really focus on living the best possible life, even at times when we’re under extreme anxiety.”
According to Dr. Shumay, the five key areas to focus on in order to cope with stress and fear includes treating yourself with kindness, seeking social support, giving to others, and allowing yourself to receive kindness.