Avalon Young is sharing an update on her ongoing battle with cancer.
The 26-year-old singer and American Idol star spoke with People about her latest surgery.
See what she said inside…
“How can you be told that you have something like cancer and not think about it every day?” she asked during the interview. “It’s one of the first things I think of when I wake up and the last thing I think about before I fall asleep. If I’m not making every day the best day of my life, what am I doing?”
Avalon underwent the second of what could possibly be three surgeries to treat the cancer on Thursday (May 27). She found out about the cancer back in November after a series of bloodwork and electroencephalogram tests that her doctors initially thought were fine.
“All of my doctors were telling me it was anxiety at first,” she explained. “I had blood work done and a bunch of mental tests and everything was coming back fine, until my mom finally convinced me to get an MRI. Honestly, that MRI saved my life.”
The performer received her first surgery in February, undergoing a 16-hour surgery where doctors tried to extract a tumor from the front left temporal lobe of her brain that was the size of a peach.
“The mass of the tumor was really, really big at the time and was really important for them to get out,” she said. “So, with this second surgery, they want to get out as much as they can so when they go on with radiation and chemo, they have a better chance of fully killing all the cancer that’s in there.”
Avalon first announced that she had cancer in April and shared a GoFundMe with her fans in order to get support for her medical bills.
“They have supported me through every single thing that I have gone through,” she said of her fans’ support. “They always stand by me, and so to see them do what they’ve done with this GoFundMe is honestly just so special. It helps me believe in humanity a little bit more.”
She also discussed her new album Lush, which is set to be released on June 1.
“I mean, I got back in the studio two weeks after my surgery, and along with my team, we created an album, which kind of blows my mind when I hear it considering I was in the middle of my recovery while making it. I feel like it sounds cliché, but music really saves people’s lives,” Avalon said.
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