Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo Opens Up About His Battle With Cancer
The 41-year-old musician explains that he broke his tailbone while performing a number of years back and never got it properly treated. When he started suffering acute lower back pains, he assumed it was related to his tailbone injury. From 2006 to 2014, the back pains worsened. Then, one day, he experienced flu-like symptoms combined with pain in his back, spine and abdomen and knew he had to go to the hospital.
Taboo was diagnosed with stage 2 testicular cancer in June 2014. He tells The Doctors, “The first thing I thought about was my kids, my wife, my family and am I going to live." The cancer had spread to Taboo's lymph nodes, so he had surgery immediately for fear that it could spread further. He had his right testicle removed and went through intense chemotherapy. Doctors told Taboo he could probably never have kids again; however, he and his wife welcomed a baby daughter eight months ago - their "miracle" baby.
Taboo tells PEOPLE Magazine, “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 like those who had inspired me.”
Scroll down to view Taboo's Instagram post from yesterday (Nov. 16). He writes, "Today on @thedoctorstv will give my testimony and speak out about my battle with cancer - Got diagnosed in 2014 and fought thru 12 weeks of intense chemo therapy and by the grace of god im alive and along with my partner @americancancersociety we are gonna help millions of people going thru the same fight I went thru - I will use my platform for my bigger purpose - #cancersurvivor #warrior #Th3FIGHT #hope #inspiration."
In other Black Eyed Peas-related news, in September the group dropped a remix to their 2003 classic "Where is the Love?" featuring a bunch of current artists.
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