The 66-year-old, Michael Douglas, said his brush with death has made him more appreciative of his “incredible” Welsh wife Catherine Zeta-Jones. “She’s doing fine. She’s been back working on her movie in Louisiana and she’s feeling great. Catherine’s a very strong woman and she’s had a lot to deal with. She was so supportive and caring of me that she couldn’t tell me or anyone else she was having a tough time herself. She’s not the type of person to complain she’s depressed when her husband is fighting cancer.”
Oscar-winner Douglas, who completed chemotherapy for throat cancer last November, said he was feeling “good” after the troubles of recent years.
He told Britain’s OK! magazine: “They saw me getting radiation treatment and they thought it was like Star Wars. They thought it was the coolest thing they’ve ever seen with all the machines and the masks they put on your face. So in that way, I think you take the fear out of it. To be honest, kids are pretty resilient.”
Douglas has praised his wife for all her strength and support during his illness, explaining that she understands him better than anyone.
He said: “I’m the kind of man who has always needed to spend a certain amount of time by myself, and Catherine’s understood that about me.
“I think dealing with cancer has broken down this last wall.
“Now I feel love from my family in a way that I can embrace. I’m not sure I’ve ever understood or felt that truly until now.”