The Associated Press reports that Dana Reeve, who spent nine years caring for her paralyzed husband, Christopher Reeve, until his death last year, announced Tuesday that she has lung cancer.
Reeve, 44, said she decided to disclose her illness following rumors about her health in the media.
“I have recently been diagnosed with lung cancer, and am currently undergoing treatment,” Reeve said in a statement. “I have an excellent team of physicians, and we are optimistic about my prognosis.”
“Now, more than ever, I feel Chris with me as I face this challenge,” Reeve said. “As always, I look to him as the ultimate example of defying the odds with strength, courage and hope in the face of life’s adversities.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with Dana.