John Tesh Reveals Private Cancer Battle, Says Prostatectomy and Chemo Saved His Life After Disease Recurrence During the Pandemic – John Tesh was having trouble sleeping.
John Tesh Reveals Private Cancer Battle, Says Prostatectomy and Chemo Saved His Life After Disease Recurrence During the Pandemic:
John Tesh has revealed he ‘went back into the trenches’ with a cancer relapse amid the COVID-19 pandemic last autumn.
The composer and former Entertainment Tonight co-host, 69, told People that he had two tumors around his pelvis that required chemotherapy. And he also had his prostate taken out and lost the use of one of his kidneys.
These days he is feeling better with his cancer in remission, thanks in part to help from his wife, actress Connie Sellecca.
And he also shared that he felt ‘battle ready’ after defeating cancer the first time.
In 2015, Tesh was told that his cancer was terminal and he needed to sort his affairs.
Tesh detailed his second cancer battle with the site.
‘I woke up with an enormous amount of pain one morning in October 2020 – I had pain in both my legs,’ he shared.
‘It turned out there were two tumors around either side of my pelvis and wrapped around my organs,’ John explained.
John Tesh Had A Cancer Relapse A Year Ago That Required His Prostate To Be Removed But He Is Now In Remission Six Years After He Was Told He Would Die:
When he was told of his relapse ‘I felt less like a guy who was sick trying to get well and more like somebody who was healed well resisting sickness.’
His latest cancer battle stripped him of the use of one of his kidneys and required treatments ranging from operations to chemotherapy.
Yet he still responded to his relapse much better than to his first experience of prostate cancer in 2015 when he was given ‘a get-your-affairs-in-order speech.’
Having been advised that he would be dead in a year and a half, he began ‘drinking heavily’ in a blend with his prescribed pain pills.
‘When you’re in that situation – we thought I was terminally ill – that identity gives you a lot of free rein. The doctor wants you to have Vicodin so you can feel better, and people look the other way when you’re drinking scotch every night and mixing the two,’ said John – only for his wife Connie Sellecca to stop turning a blind eye.
‘Ultimately my wife and I went toe-to-toe and she said: “I am not going to abide this. This is my battle too. And you’re giving up,”‘ he recalled.
Connie taught herself everything she could about her husband’s disease and he feels that had she not ‘been my advocate and such a brilliant study of prostate cancer, I wouldn’t have made it.’
He said proudly: ‘We would go in and meet new doctors, and after about a half hour of talking they would turn to her and say: “Are you in the medical field?”‘
Meanwhile the ‘cocoon’ provided by his family during his latest illness also included his daughter Prima as well as Connie’s son Gib by her first husband Gil Gerard.
Part of the assistance the trio gave him was they kept him away from ‘people who were uncomfortable with my illness.’
Earlier this year John told Fox News that during his first cancer battle – when he believed he was dying – he and Connie found solace in their Christianity.
‘At that time, I was trying really hard to believe that everything was going to be all right. I was begging God for healing,’ he said.
‘And when Connie and I read the scriptures together, we learned that God wants us to have health and wellness, healing and prosperity. And the Bible speaks truth. It’s the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.’
He noted: ‘I thank God every day for my healing. I can’t just put aside that suffering I’ve experienced. It’s a part of me. And it’s taught me that when faced with an enemy, I’m strong enough to pick up that sword.’