Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo Is Coming Forward About His Grueling Cancer Battle
Jamie Luis Gomez, a.k.a. Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas, is breaking his silence about his private and excruciating battle with cancer. For two years, Taboo quietly battled against stage 2 testicular cancer and ultimately beat the disease. Since conquering the disease, Taboo is using his celebrity to give hope and awareness to cancer as an ambassador for the American Cancer Society.
Taboo first realized something was questionable with his health in 2014 when he felt pain in his back and abdomen.
According to People magazine, Taboo initially thought it was just the flu.
“I was so busy working that I wasn’t worried about it, but I went to the emergency room to get checked out,” Taboo told People.
A series of tests proved that he had testicular cancer and Taboo credits will.i.am for getting him in touch with a doctor immediately.
I fought hard when I got diagnosed with cancer in 2014 -thru 12 weeks of hard core chemo therapy and by the grace of the creator I'm alive
— Taboo Nawasha (@TabBep) November 16, 2016
“The very next day I went into surgery to have the ‘mother ship’ removed. But my fight had just begun,” Taboo told People. “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.”
Despite his “intense, aggressive” chemotherapy, Taboo tried to keep his spirits up.
#tbt this pic was taken in 2014 -this was my 3rd round of #chemotherapy – I can move on with my life because of the blessings that I have received but this part of #Th3FIGHT will always remind me to keep fighting on no matter what "nothing prepares u for Chemo it's like #war #torture and a #nightmare all in one – #warriors #fighter @americancancersociety – we will help and be of service –
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“There were times that I wanted to give up, but I became inspired by sports figures who have gone through similar battles,” Taboo told People. “I began channeling my energy into the thing that keeps me alive and spirited: music.”
Now, as a cancer survivor, Taboo is using his fame and music to bring attention to the real impacts of cancer.
— American Cancer Soc (@AmericanCancer) November 17, 2016
“I’m not trying to leave just a catalog of music. I want to leave a legacy that speaks to humanity,” Taboo says in his American Cancer Society PSA. “And that’s why I’m very, very honored that I got the opportunity to join forces with the American Cancer Society. The American Cancer Society is making a big difference.”
He just released a new song “The Fight” and all proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.
— Taboo Nawasha (@TabBep) November 17, 2016
“I created ‘The Fight’ that will be on cancer.org and let people know, like, we’re not going to curl up in a ball and say, ‘Oh. I got cancer. This is it,'” Taboo said during his interview on The Doctors. “No. We’re warriors. We’re fighters. We can get through anything.”
Taboo told The Doctors that he’s staying visible because his Native American and Latino communities don’t get educated on cancer as much as other communities.
But he wants to make it clear that he’s not doing this to lecture people on their health.
“But, most of all, it’s like, how can I be as real and as effective and inspire people through my journey and let people know about my experience,” Taboo said on The Doctors.
Taboo has been cancer-free for over two years, but there’s more to this happy ending. After being told by doctors that he might never have kids again, Taboo and his wife welcomed their newest bundle of joy just eight months before he went public with his story.
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