Black Eyed Peas member Taboo had been suffering from Stage 2 testicular cancer, but chose to keep his condition away from the public. The 41-year-old artist has been declared cancer-free for two years but he only wanted to tell about his struggles with his fans once he "made it out the other side stronger.”
Taboo underwent 12 weeks of “intense, aggressive” chemotherapy. 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,” the hip-hop artist shares in his interview with People Magazine.
“I wanted to share my story and inspire others like those who had inspired me.” So he began writing music about his battle with cancer. He went to the studio to record, but admitted he "kept fading in and out, but my team kept me focused because they knew how important it was."
Taboo has released his new single "Fight" to inspire people whose facing their own battles. "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.”
He has also partnered with the American Cancer Society to inspire cancer patients to stay positive and for everyone to get themselves tested if they've come across cancer symptoms.
"I've been cancer-free for over two years, but the real battle isn't over."
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