It’s been a hard year for Catherine Zeta-Jones, watching husband Michael Douglas‘ fight against cancer and dealing with law suits from Douglas’ ex-wife. Â That would be enough to take its toll on anyone, but Catherine suffers from bipolar disorder, as well, so she’s had a particularly rough time.
In fact, she recently checked into the Silver Hill Hospital in Connecticut for some inpatient treatment, and apparently it went really well. Â Catherine’s rep says that after her brief stint in the facility, she’s feeling much better now, much more balanced, and is ready to start work on the two upcoming films she’s going to be starring in.
There seems to be some debate about how well things are going, but for better or for worse, Michael Douglas is coming to the end of his first round of treatment for stage four throat cancer. Â Douglas has been undergoing a combination of radiation and chemotherapy for several weeks now, and this is his final week. Â The official word is that the doctors have been pleased with his progress, and that they don’t see the need to schedule any further treatments, and that his chances are still 80%. Â The grapevine, however, has been saying that the reason no further treatments have been scheduled is because there’s nothing else the doctors can do at this point, and Douglas is too weak to be able to handle any further therapy. Â I hope those rumors are just fluff, and cancer therapy can certainly take a lot out of a person, but as friends have mentioned, Michael Douglas looks about a decade older than he did a month ago. Â Hopefully it’s just fatigue and he’ll start recovering soon.
Last night was the premiere of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps in New York, and Michael Douglas showed up on the red carpet, but declined to speak to reporters. Â Douglas announced in August that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 throat cancer and is currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiation.
As anyone who has been through chemo or radiation can tell you, it’s amazing that Douglas managed to make it to the premiere at all, and although he looks understandably tired and a little on the frail side, he seems to be in good spirits. Â It’s lovely to see Catherine Zeta-Jones beside him, as I think their marriage was one everyone expected to fail, but she’s clearly his strongest supporter.