Micheal Douglas got the good news he was hoping for — and many of his fans where praying for. He is free of the throat cancer for which he underwent more than eight weeks of devastating treatment. He explains how it has changed is life in a new interview.
His wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones reportedly broke down in tears after hearing that he had beaten the dreaded disease.
“She had a good cry when she heard,” Douglas, 66, told People. “I can’t tell you I was jumping up and clicking my heels. For me, it will probably be two or three months before it will really sink in and feel good.”
Douglas, 66, revealed he has won the battle against the deadly disease yesterday and appeared this morning (Jan. 11) on the “Today” show to talk about his experience.
“I feel good, relieved the tumor is gone,” he told Matt Lauer. “It’s been a wild six-month ride.”
He said he was still fatigued, but “I am eating like a pig.’
He said he lost 32 pounds, but has added back 12 pounds but needs to continue to put on weight.
“You don’t know quite what to expect with radiation five days a week for seven weeks. You find out about two-thirds of the way in as the sores in your mouth continue to enlarge and you can’t swallow… it was lousy. I would’t wish it on my worst enemy.”
Douglas talked about how the treatment affected his feelings about life and his family.
The couple has two children Dylan, 10, and Carys, 7, and Douglas has children from a previous marriage.
“It’s something most all cancer patients and survivors have gone through. But there is a new depth. All of a sudden the affection from my family, my friends and my fans hit me at a much deeper level than I’ve ever felt before,” he said.