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Jane Fonda Not Afraid of Breast Cancer Diagnosis, She Tells Oprah

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Tuesday, 09 Apr 2013 08:00 AM

By Alexander Ward

 Jane Fonda recently sat down with Oprah Winfrey and opened up about her 2010 breast cancer diagnosis, saying she's "not afraid of dying."

Fonda, 75, who rose to fame as an actress and later became a household name in the '80s as a fitness guru, described the whirlwind of emotions she experienced when doctors found a tumor in her breast in 2010.

"[I thought], you know, maybe I'll make it and maybe I won't," Fonda said on "Oprah's Next Chapter," which will air Sunday on OWN. "I didn't get scared. I hope I don't die. But I'm not scared of dying."

Fonda had the lump removed in November 2010 and the cancer was found to be non-invasive, meaning it didn’t spread.

"I am so lucky," she wrote on her blog at the time. "We got it early and it was, as I said, non-invasive. I want to thank my friends and fans who have written beautiful letters. It has meant a lot to me."

Fonda, now cancer-free, found a support system in other breast cancer survivors who helped her through the tough time.

"[It] was a good test, because I always said I'm not afraid of dying," Fonda told Oprah. "And I wasn't. I mean, I felt… I've just joined a family of millions of women who have gone through this. And how interesting. What a journey this is going to be."

Fonda also recently told Oprah about another revelation she had about her infamous 1972 trip to North Vietnam.

"I made one unforgivable mistake when I was in North Vietnam, and I will go to my grave with this," Fonda told Oprah.

Fonda said she regretted being photographed with members of the North Vietnamese military while sitting on an anti-aircraft gun, but the controversial photo earned her the nickname "Hanoi Jane" and Americans still slammed her for aiding the enemy. To this day, Fonda is seen by some as a traitor.

"There is nothing that this traitor can do or say to change her anti-war, anti-American views," a Newsmax reader commented last week. "Her history on the Vietnam conflict is well documented and the facts do not change some 40 years later. She should have been sent to prison to rot."

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