Catherine Zeta-Jones Was a ‘Mess’ After Husband Michael Douglas’ Cancer Diagnosis

    July 28, 2014
    Pam Wright
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Catherine Zeta-Jones conceded recently that she was a “mess” after her husband, Michael Douglas, was diagnosed with stage-four throat cancer in 2010.

“I was a mess. I’ll be quite frank, I was a mess,” Zeta-Jones told doctors at the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies’ fifth World Congress.

“When I’m married to a man who has such a conviction for life … he fights to make the wrongs right. For the first time he was fighting for his life,” she recalled during remarks at the opening ceremony in New York.

The And So it Goes actor, who was misdiagnosed four times before the final diagnosis was delivered, has been cancer-free since January 2011.

“In every sense of the word. I’m very fortunate to be here today,” said the father of two. He and Zeta-Jones have an 11-year-daughter, Carys, and a 12-year-old son, Dylan.

“We can only imagine what the next century will bring. Thank you for saving my life,” he told the medical team at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where he was treated in 2010.

The couple are certainly enjoying life today. The power-couple separated for a brief time last year, but reconciled several months later.

The Behind the Candelabra actor recently said he is learning to appreciate his wife more and more as he ages.

”A lot of it has to do with age. When you’ve accomplished a certain amount in your career, you’re not so focused on your ambitions. It makes you appreciate – and hopefully you do that sooner rather than later – the value of your partner,” he said.

He often mentions the importance of family and the strength he garnered from relationships during his battle with cancer.

“All of a sudden the affection from my family, from my friends, and from my fans hit me at a much deeper level than I would have ever imagined before,” Douglas told Today show host, Matt Lauer, in 2011. “And it gave me a really new appreciation of just how valuable, how precious good friends are and family.”

“There’s a much deeper feeling,” he said. “And I’ve talked to other cancer survivors about this, that – that happens, that you just really, really appreciate what’s important in life.”

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  • 194319441945

    As a survivor I totally agree. I enjoy everything about life much more than before. The sky is blue, the rain makes my surrounding greener and my ability to express feeling for those I care about increased tenfold. Everyone should enjoy life this way.

    • smithsson

      thanks for sharing. It’s sad to hear he has throat cancer. Hopefully it’s caught early enough. Care to share your experience? How many years since the diagnosis? What stage was it? What did they do? How did it feel going through the treatment?

      I think this story is especially compelling since he was already reconciled with his wife and fought to get her back into his life, and she’s fought her demons with bi-polar issues.

      • laura0109

        He had throat cancer. He’s been cancer free since 2011.

        • smithsson

          gotcha. I guess I didn’t keep up with the news. :)

  • Danny Darcy

    She was a mess before he had cancer too.

    How many times has this nut job been in the Loony Bin?

    • Deneice Holbert

      Fuck off asshole. Who are you to judge. Just another loser brave behind a computer screen.

    • smithsson

      Well, be thankful Danny that you don’t have bi-polar issues. It’s more common than you think. And the social stigma you so clearly illustrated is the very reason family, loved ones, and sufferers keep it from the public eye. Having dated bi-polar sufferers before, and have friends who are bi-polar, it’s not an easy thing watching them slip into one of those episodes. And some of these people are not only functioning in society, but some excel; as business owners, scientists, authors, artists, musicians, and successful people from all walks of life.

      Lastly, here’s a candid disclosure: you may not realize it, but your social ignorance is more of a handicap than hers. It’s just more socially acceptable to be ignorant and willfully uncaring like you.