After keeping his health issues out of the public eye for quite some time, Black Eyes Peas singer Taboo has come forward to reveal his cancer diagnosis.
In a raw interview with People, Taboo revealed that it was a trip to the emergency room that saved his life.
He initially believed that he had the flu, but everything soon took a turn for the worse.
“It all started with a pain in my back and abdomen… I was so busy working that I wasn’t worried about it, but I went to the emergency room to get checked out.”
They instantly admitted him to hospital and did tests.
It was then that doctors diagnosed the 41-year-old with stage 2 testicular cancer in June 2014.
Taboo continued to People, “The very next day I went into surgery to have the ‘mother ship’ removed. But my fight had just begun.”
Jaime Luis Gomez AKA Taboo was then faced with 12 intense weeks of chemotherapy.
Taboo explained, “My family and the group were all in shock, but will.i.am instantly reached out to a great doctor who helped me figure out a treatment plan. I was racing against the clock.”
He also said that writing and recording music helped him through the dark times, even though he made the tough decision to not make his diagnosis public.
Taboo also shared, “I had chemo brain and kept fading in and out, but my team kept me focused because they knew how important it was… There were times that I wanted to give up, but I became inspired by sports figures who have gone through similar battles. I began channeling my energy into the thing that keeps me alive and spirited: music… I wanted to share my story and inspire others who inspired me.”
He also admitted that he couldn't hold his children for six months after having his right testicle removed and he was so terrified that he wasn't going to make it through after first receiving his diagnosis.
“The first thing I thought about was my kids, my wife, my family and am I going to live.”
We are so glad he is okay! We can't even imagine what they all went through.
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