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Jeff Bridges shares update after Lymphoma diagnosis: 'This cancer is making me appreciate my mortality'

Jeff Bridges is one of the most beloved, most highly respected actors working today, so his announcement earlier this month that he’d been diagnosed with Lymphoma hit many fans and colleagues like a ton of bricks.

“As the Dude would say.. New S**T has come to light,” the Oscar-winning performer best known for the 1998 favorite The Big Lebowksi began his social media reveal on Oct. 19.

The outpouring of support for Bridges, 70, has been so strong that he’s now returned to social media to acknowledge it – and he’s launched an online journal to share updates as he battles the deadly disease.

“This cancer thing is bringing on feelings of precociousness & gratitude & good old fashion [sic] love & lots of it, big time,” Bridges writes in a cursive font that appears to be scanned on his official site. “I’m feeling so much of it comin’ my way, & man I appreciate it. It’s contagious, all this love, like some kind of positive virus. I want to acknowledge & thank you guys for reaching out during this time. It feels good, getting all the well wishes & love!

“This cancer is making me appreciate my mortality, appreciate impermanence. I’m realizing if I have s*** to share, now’s the time.”

Bridges’ heartfelt words and emotional response – both inspiring in terms of the actor witnessing how deeply revered he is and worrying in his acknowledgment that “now’s the time” – are followed by a series of hand-drawn pictures that link to things he’d like “to shine a light on.”

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BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 13: Jeff Bridges visits "Extra" at Burbank Studios on December 13, 2019 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)

BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 13: Jeff Bridges takes a picture with his Widelux camera at "Extra" at Burbank Studios on December 13, 2019 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)

JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! - "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" airs every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. EDT and features a diverse lineup of guests that include celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band. The guests for Monday, October 14, included Jeff Bridges ("Jeff Bridges: Pictures Volume 2"), Mykal-Michelle Harris ("mixed-ish"), musical guest Morris Day feat. Snoop Dogg, and Guillermo LIVE from Dallas. (Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images) JEFF BRIDGES

JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! - "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" airs every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. EDT and features a diverse lineup of guests that include celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band. The guests for Monday, October 14, included Jeff Bridges ("Jeff Bridges: Pictures Volume 2"), Mykal-Michelle Harris ("mixed-ish"), musical guest Morris Day feat. Snoop Dogg, and Guillermo LIVE from Dallas. (Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images) JEFF BRIDGES, JIMMY KIMMEL

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 06: Jeff Bridges poses at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage,)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 06: Jeff Bridges poses at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage,)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 06: Jeff Bridges attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Press Room at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 06: Jeff Bridges attends FIJI Water at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards Celebration on January 6, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for FIJI Water)

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 04: Jeff Bridges attends the Board of Review Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 4, 2017 in New York City. Photo by: John Palmer/MediaPunch /IPX

Jeff Bridges presents the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series during the 2020 Creative Arts Emmy Awards telecast on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020 at 8:00 PM EDT/5:00 PM PDT on FXX. (Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)

ASC Board of Governors Award honoree Jeff Bridges accepts his award at the 33rd annual ASC Awards and The American Society of Cinematographers 100th Anniversary Celebration at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland, Saturday, February 9, 2019 in Hollywood, California. Credit: Moloshok Photography./imageSPACE/MediaPunch /IPX

ASC Board of Governors Award honoree Jeff Bridges poses at the 33rd annual ASC Awards and The American Society of Cinematographers 100th Anniversary Celebration at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland, Saturday, February 9, 2019 in Hollywood, California. Credit: Moloshok Photography./imageSPACE/MediaPunch /IPX

Actor Jeff Bridges participates in the fifth annual Come Together: NYC bed-in celebration to support New York City schools and to promote the return of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus at City Hall on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Cast member Jeff Bridges arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Bad Times at the El Royale" at TCL Chinese Theatre on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Jeff Bridges arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Only the Brave" on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

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They include an image with the words “We Need You” scrawled over that links to a video called “My Welcome Mat” by the actor’s band Jeff Bridges & the Abiders that encourages viewers to vote.

Another drawing asking “Don’t you love where we live?” links to the official site of an environmental documentary Bridges produced called Living in the Future’s Past.

And finally, the last etching with the message “Trees, man gotta take care of our trees they’re us” that directs to a short video promoting forest-friendly guitars.

Bridges promises more updates to come.

“I’m lookin’ to be in a partnership with you guys in creating a beautiful life & world for all of us,” he writes.

We abide.

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