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Once I started com­ing out [of] the other end of stage four (of throat can­cer), it gave me a whole new ap­pre­ci­a­tion of life MICHAEL DOUGLAS, AC­TOR

Amer­i­can ac­tor-pro­ducer Michael Douglas

(above) says he has be­come a bet­ter hus­band and a father since his can­cer bat­tle.

The 72-year-old was di­ag­nosed with throat can­cer in 2010, and says that since re­cov­er­ing from the ill­ness he has been de­ter­mined to spend more time with wife, ac­tor Cather­ine Zeta Jones, 47, and their chil­dren, Dy­lan, 16, and Carys, 13, re­ported Con­tact­mu­sic.

“I have more time with them, and I chose to use my time. Once I started com­ing out [of] the other end of stage four, it gave me a whole new ap­pre­ci­a­tion of life,” said Douglas. “When you get into your 70s, you are not get­ting the same roles. And it made me ap­pre­ci­ate how blessed it was to have the fam­ily I have around me in life. For many of us that are get­ting there, you start not tak­ing the years for granted. Fam­ily gives me more pur­pose than any other thing in my life,” he added.

The cou­ple briefly split in 2014, but are now hap­pier than ever. “You’ve both got to want to make it hap­pen. Ev­ery mar­riage has got its is­sues. I think if you are for­tu­nate enough to take a look, and you want make it work and you want to try then you can suc­ceed. Then when we do suc­ceed it makes you tighter than ever be­fore — we are like 17 years now,” he adds.


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