Sam Neill is grateful.
Sam Neill, the 75-year-old actor who played the title character in the "Jurassic Park" films, stated in a recent interview with The Guardian that he had been given the non-Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis of Stage 3 angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma.
When he was diagnosed, Neill claimed that he had been experiencing swollen glands while promoting the "Jurassic World: Dominion" film.
Neill discussed the "dark moments" he had in the year following his cancer diagnosis in the interview. He added that he was "just pleased to be alive," but he also noted that the incident had made him grateful for every day and his friends.
When the initial chemotherapy drug started to fail, Neill initiated a second chemotherapy drug. According to The Guardian, Neill is currently cancer-free but will continue to take the medication every month "for the the rest of his life."
Neill has been working despite his health issues, making appearances in the TV shows "Peaky Blinders" and "The Sullivans." Also, he will soon release the book "Did I Ever Tell You This," which he claims gave him hope while he was fighting cancer.
Neill claimed during the interview that his book was not one of the cancer books he could not stand. He instead views his condition as a "spiral thread" running through the entire book.
"I never had any intention to write a book. But as I went on and kept writing, I realized it was actually sort of giving me a reason to live and I would go to bed thinking, 'I'll write about that tomorrow ... that will entertain me,'" he said. "And so it was a lifesaver really, because I couldn't have gone through that with nothing to do, you know.”