Berry will endure radiation and chemo earlier than returning to the highway
Veteran nation hitmaker John Berry is battling most cancers, Billboard has realized.
“We began off this 12 months with a hiccup and we wish to inform you a bit of bit about that,” Berry reveals in a video he and his spouse Robin are sharing on his Facebook web page this morning.
Berry lately completed his 22nd annual Christmas Songs and Stories tour, visiting 21 cities in 2018. During the tour, he carried out vacation music, in addition to such hits as “Your Love Amazes Me,” “I Think About It All The Time,” and “Kiss Me within the Car” in addition to songs from his new EP, Thomas Road, which launched Nov. 30.
In November, earlier than the tour launched, Berry says he began feeling like there was a “catch” in his throat that felt just like the “pores and skin of a Spanish peanut” was caught. He regarded and noticed his tonsils have been swollen. He went to physician and was placed on antibiotics and steroids for a tonsil an infection, however the issue endured. He was capable of do your complete tour and sounded wonderful, however didn’t really feel nicely.
So after one other spherical of antibiotics and steroids, his spouse, Robin, made an appointment with an ear, nostril and throat specialist on Jan. four. A CT scan revealed two tumors in his tonsils. Following surgical procedure to take away each tonsils and a part of his taste bud, Berry acquired the biopsy outcomes and was instructed he had tonsil most cancers.
“You don’t see concern on these faces,” Robin says within the video, and Berry is unquestionably calm and smiling as he fills followers in on the information. “We have a deliberate routine and John is present process therapy for about 5 weeks. We’ve needed to transfer a few tour dates round. All goes nicely. We are trusting God to get us by way of this time,” she continues.
Berry assures followers that this explicit most cancers is “extremely treatable and has an unbelievable remedy charge,” with Robin chiming in that there’s over a 90% remedy charge.
Robin encourages followers to achieve out. “There is nothing better that John wants proper now than to listen to from you guys that love him so very a lot,” she says, sharing how you can attain Berry at [email protected] and by mail at P.O. Box 353, Gallatin, TN 37066.
“Robin and I’ve a Bible verse that we’ve been claiming throughout this time,” Berry says, citing Philippians four:13. “I can do all issues by way of Christ who strengthens me.”
This isn’t Berry’s first well being scare. On the identical day that “Your Love Amazes Me,” hit No. 1 in 1994, Berry underwent surgical procedure to take away a mind tumor that was benign however had been wreaking havoc on his life for months inflicting a extreme persona change. “We are fragile beings. A blister smaller than the top of my finger modified my complete all the things,” he instructed Billboard final November of the mind tumor.
Berry is braced for the upcoming therapy plan and is in good spirits. “I’m 10 days submit operation right now and feeling a lot better,” Berry mentioned on Monday in a be aware he despatched to household and buddies. “Three days in the past I used to be capable of cease the prescription ache treatment. I nonetheless have some soreness after I swallow, and in my jaw, however a couple of ibuprofen and I’m good to go. Saw my surgeon right now for a comply with up appointment and my throat is therapeutic nicely.”
Berry could have his first go to with the chemo physician this week and can endure a five-week therapy plan together with chemo and radiation. He says his supervisor Brian Smith has already rescheduled his tour dates. “I’ll be trying ahead to a busy tour schedule come late spring,” he says.
Berry needed to share the information on his socials as a result of he needed followers to listen to first and find out about it immediately from him. He plans to maintain them knowledgeable. “I’m hoping to make use of these platforms to encourage others on no matter giants they could be going through in life,” he says. “I additionally assume that will probably be good for my soul to share my ideas and emotions about my very own journey.”