The Hollywood legend shared a handwritten note via his website on Monday, September 13, saying his one-time “9-inch x 12-inch” mass “has shrunk down to the size of a marble.”
“COVID kicking my ass good, but I am double vaccinated and feeling much better now,” he shared in a previously unpublished post. The True Grit star explained that through his battle he experienced “moments of tremendous pain” but overall “felt happy and joyous most of the time.”
The 71-year-old actor continued: “This brush with mortality has brought me a real gift. Life is brief [and] beautiful. Love is all around us, & available all times. It’s a matter of opening ourselves to receive the gift.”
He noted that his cancer and COVID diagnosis gave him the chance to “learn more about love” and “learn things that I never would have if I never got it.”
“Here’s a FLASH I had — home is the place where a person can receive, give and learn about love,” he said, reflecting on life. “And that place, home, is really wherever you are at any given moment, right now, for instance.”
In October 2020, the dad-of-three — Isabelle, Jessica, and Hayley — shared the heartbreaking news that he'd been diagnosed with lymphoma.
Thanks to his hard work and determination to attend his daughter Hayley’s wedding, he explained how he pushed himself to reach a milestone for the big day.
“I had a goal — walking my daughter Hayley down the aisle,” the doting dad wrote. “She was getting married to a wonderful guy, Justin Shane. Thanks to Zach [Wermers] and my terrific medical team, I was able to, not only walk Hay down the aisle, but do the father/bride dance with her without oxygen.”