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Blythe Danner Reveals She’s in Remission With Same Cancer That Killed Husband Bruce Paltrow | “I Feel Lucky to Be Alive”
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Blythe Danner Reveals She’s in Remission With Same Cancer That Killed Husband Bruce Paltrow | “I Feel Lucky to Be Alive”

She struggled to get over her husband's death. "You never get over that kind of loss. Bruce was the heart of our family," said Danner.

Cover Image Source: Getty Images | (L) Rich Fury; (R) Nick Elgar

Blythe Danner's holidays will be a lot happier this year as she revealed that she is in remission after battling oral cancer for the past four years. Bruce Paltrow, her husband, died in 2002 due to the same disease. Danner told PEOPLE, "Everyone is touched by cancer in some way, but it's unusual for a couple to have the same cancer." She is the mother to Gwyneth and Jake Paltrow. Danner is known for her roles in Meet the Parents and Will & Grace. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2018. She said that she "looked up at heaven and said to Bruce, ''Are you lonely up there?'"

"It's a sneaky disease. But I'm fine and dandy now. And I'm lucky to be alive," she said.

Getty Images | George De Sota
Getty Images | George De Sota

 

In 2018, while she was working in London, she began to feel "very woozy" and began to forget "everything." Recalling the incident, she said, "And then I felt a lump in my neck, right next to where Bruce had found his [in 1999]." She was later diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare form of oral cancer. She said that she didn't tell her children "for a long time." She didn't want them to worry. "I wanted to forge ahead as a mother, and I didn't want them to worry." When she told them, Gwyneth was "very shocked." "It was scary. And it felt really eerie because it was so similar [to my dad's]."

However, Danner decided to go ahead and undergo the treatment. In the third surgery, Dr. Mark Delacure was able to remove the cancerous tissue in 2020. "She went through it with so much grace," said Gwyneth. "I was amazed at how strong she was able to be," according to E! News.



 

The 79-year-old was not at all afraid of death and said that she "wasn't quaking" in her boots. But her husband's death did change everything for her. "You never get over that kind of loss," said Danner. "Bruce was the heart of our family. And life is so much paler without him around. But grief is the price we pay for love."

Getty Images | Vince Bucci
Getty Images | Vince Bucci

 

Now, her children and her work with Oral Cancer Foundation, are what matters to her the most. The Foundation works to raise awareness of oral and oropharyngeal cancers that impact around 54,000 Americans annually, and on average lead to 9,750 deaths each year. 

Moreover, reflecting on her husband's death and her own battle with cancer, Danner said, "I think we've all become somehow stronger. It's a bit of a crapshoot — this disease and this life. But I've had a career, great kids, and a loving husband. I'm very grateful."

References:

https://people.com/health/blythe-danner-reveals-private-battle-same-cancer-that-killed-husband/

https://www.eonline.com/news/1355377/gwyneth-paltrows-mom-blythe-danner-shares-battle-with-same-cancer-that-killed-husband-bruce

Cover Image Source: Getty Images | (L) Rich Fury; (R) Nick Elgar