Jurassic Park star Sam Neill reveals he has blood cancer
Jurassic Park star Sam Neill has revealed he has been diagnosed with stage three blood cancer.
The 75-year-old actor told The Guardian that writing his memoir gave him a “reason to live” following the diagnosis.
He said he started writing the book, called Did I Ever Tell You This?, as a way to keep busy while receiving treatment last year.
“I realised it was actually sort of giving me a reason to live,” Neill said.
“I would go to bed thinking: ‘I’ll write about that tomorrow… that will entertain me.’
“And so it was a lifesaver really, because I couldn’t have gone through that with nothing to do, you know.”
Neill said he first experienced swollen glands during publicity for Jurassic World Dominion in March last year before being diagnosed with angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma.
His book also reportedly discusses his experience with chemotherapy, which initially started to fail, before he began taking a new chemotherapy drug that he will take monthly for the rest of his life, despite now being cancer-free.
“I can’t pretend that the last year hasn’t had its dark moments. But those dark moments throw the light into sharp relief, you know, and have made me grateful for every day and immensely grateful for all my friends,” Neill told The Guardian.
“Just pleased to be alive.”