How does an actor react to cancer? With humor, of course.
In a video posted to his YouTube channel this week, comedian Alex Hooper revealed to fans that he had been diagnosed with advanced Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Hooper, who gained a bigger following in 2020 after competing on “America’s Got Talent,” joked in his video, “Right now it’s either stage three or stage four. It’s advanced. Because that I don’t do anything mediocre.
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He also explained that at first he thought the cancer symptoms were the result of the chronic eczema he had had since birth, but tests with doctors showed it was more serious than that.
Fortunately, his doctors were happy to learn what type of cancer it was, with Hooper explaining, “It’s a completely curable form of cancer.”
Speaking of coming to terms with the diagnosis, he added: ‘I find myself apologizing to people, because I just don’t want to be taken care of. But I also understand that I have to be, and it’s really difficult for me.
In a statement to The daily mailthe 37-year-old said: “Four months after my wedding, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.”
He then joked, “When we said ‘until I die,’ we had no idea it would be this soon. Seriously, I’ll treat this like I’m doing everything in my life.”
On Instagram, Hooper shared several posts about his cancer diagnosis, with “AGT” judge Howie Mandel commenting, “Be strong mate. If you need anything, tell me. Your incredible sense of humor is your super power.
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In another post, Hooper responded to all the support from fans and others.
“I didn’t know whether to tell people I had cancer or try to keep it a secret,” he said. “But telling people was definitely the decision for me. The lightness I’ve felt since telling everyone – and honestly, the outpouring of love and support has been so overwhelming, beautiful and emotional, and it’s lifted my spirits so much.
“You sent me so many beautiful messages. So many wonderful offers. And so many nude photos,” he added. “Thank you so much!”