Blythe Danner says she is in remission from the same cancer

that killed her husband Bruce Paltrow two decades ago.

In a candid interview with People magazine, the "Meet the Parents"

actress and mother to Gwyneth and Jake Paltrow,

revealed she was diagnosed with oral cancer in 2018.

"I started feeling very woozy and I was forgetting everything

And then I felt a lump in my neck, right next to where Bruce had found his [in 1999],"

she said of discovering she was ill. 

"I remember I looked up at heaven and said to Bruce, 'Are you lonely up there?'"

Danner was diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma.

In an effort to protect her children, she concealed her diagnosis for some time.