Taboo kept his cancer diagnosis hush, but is ready to speak candidly – two years after beating his diagnosis.
The Black Eyed Peas rapper remembers how it began in June 2014. “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,” the 41-year-old tells People.
It was only then he was informed he had stage two testicular cancer: “The very next day I went into surgery to have the ‘mother ship’ removed. But my fight had just begun. 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.”
Taboo was immediately put into 12 weeks of intense chemotherapy, saying “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.”
He chose to keep quiet about the diagnosis and treatment, until he could show fans that he “made it out the other side stronger.” Taboo did, however, begin hitting the studio with renewed inspiration in light of his sickness.
He is teaming up with the American Cancer Society for a new campaign called “The Fight”: “I’ve been cancer-free for over two years, but the real battle isn’t over… We’ve just released my new song ‘Fight’ to help people face their own challenges. There are millions going through things like this, and I want to remind them that we don’t curl up into a ball when we have a trial or tribulation. We get up and fight.”
You can find more information at cancer.org.