Amid Covid-19, breast cancer survivor Jane Fonda is using her strength and resilience into an upcoming book titled What Can I Do? My Path From Climate Despair to Action, set to be released on September 8th.
Fonda, 82, announced her upcoming book to fans on Instagram, revealing that the book will be about her decision to get involved in climate activism and what caused her to take action. Additionally, Fonda says the book will feature climate experts and also other activists who are on the front lines of the movement. Fonda has long been a political activist, notably for her anti war stance during the Vietnam War. She most recently starred alongside Lily Tomlin in the hit Netflix series ‘Grace and Frankie.’Read More
“I didn’t think that [this] could happen at my age, but it did and I’m not looking back,” Fonda wrote about her upcoming project.
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I have a new book coming out on September 8th, called "What Can I Do? My Path From Climate Despair to Action," published by @PenguinPress in the US and by @HQStories in the UK. I love this book so much! It recounts how last fall I had an epiphany about the state of our planet that sent me to Washington DC and changed my life. I didn’t think that could happen—at my age—but it did and I’m not looking back. Everything I learned and what you need to know about the climate crisis is here from the mouths of experts and the too often unheard voices at the frontlines of the crisis, with stories and ideas that will change the way you think. It changed me. And what's more, it gives clear ideas to answer your question: What Can I Do? You can learn more and pre-order your copy at the link in my bio.
Jane Fonda’s Battle With Breast Cancer
The Academy Award winner revealed in 2010 that she experienced a breast cancer scare after doctors discovered a small, non-invasive tumor. Fonda underwent a procedure at the time, and her representative declared her “cancer-free.” In 2016, Fonda had a mastectomy before the Golden Globe Awards.
However, Fonda’s battle with cancer didn’t stop there. In 2018, while speaking to The Today Show, Fonda addressed bandages on her face by explaining she had a cancer taken away from her lip.
“Well, the world is falling apart, what’s a lip?” Fonda asked. “Yeah, they did (biopsy it.) I’m going to be fine, thanks.”
Cancer Survivors Sharing Their Stories
Similar to Fonda, other cancer survivors have turned to writing in an effort to cope with a diagnosis and share their experience battling the disease. Actor and throat cancer survivor Val Kilmer released his memoir I’m Your Huckleberry which made it to New York Times Best Sellers list and Alex Trebek, who is battling stage four pancreatic cancer, announced his upcoming memoir The Answer Is…: Reflections on My Life, set to be published on July 21st.
Author CC Webster was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma at 25 and spoke to SurvivorNet about how putting pen to paper was therapeutic in coping with her cancer diagnosis.
“I realized that I needed to write down my story,” Webster tells SurvivorNet. “I wanted to write and depict a story that was raw, and honest, and meaningful, and could potentially make somebody feel less alone.”