Country music artist Jo Dee Messina has always been an open book for her fans. She told her fans about recent life struggle as she revealed that she has been diagnosed with cancer.
Messina sent out the news trough a long letter on Facebook. Eventhough the kind of cancer wasn’t disclosed, her team confirmed that she now fighting the disease. She is planning to rely on her faith in God, family and friends through her battle against the disease and she hopes that her fans stand by her during this period in her life.
“Over the years, Jo Dee has built a close relationship with her fans, so those of us at Team JDM wanted to be the first to let you know that she was recently diagnosed with cancer. It has been a trying summer, but her heart has been filled with gratitude for the many opportunities she has had to see God’s hand at work,” the statement read.
At the same time that Messina’s team mentioned a tidbit or two about her treatment, they reassured her fans that she and her doctors would be looking at every path they could find to treat the cancer. She is now taking the rest of the year off. Messina is holding tight to her fighter mentality specially when bracing herself for what lies ahead.
“We don’t know anything specific regarding the treatment plan at this point, but Jo Dee is working closely with a team to explore all options. She has taken the semester off from classes at The King’s University, and her last tour date for the year will be October 7 (all other 2017 dates are being postponed), as she will begin cancer treatment this Fall,” her team continued.
After Messina’s diagnosis took over her life and career, she was working on powerful music that coincidentally overlapped with the battle she was about to endure. Her producer recognized the emotional connection between them and could not help but share his personal experience about working win the studio with her.
“Jo Dee has been working with producer Seth Mosley, and in a recent writing session wrote the song “Here” with Seth and Mia Fieldes. Seth was deeply moved to see her faith following her diagnosis while the two worked in the studio together. ‘It was one of the most powerful moments I’ve had in my entire studio career,’ Seth told Team JDM. ‘To see Jo Dee singing ‘there’s no pain, there’s no fear, here’ through the cancer and the chaos that she is walking through…God is going to use her and her story to intercept people in their pain and remind them that He is near,’” Team JDM wrote.
Messina, who is from Framingham, Massachusetts, had a string of hit songs in the late ’90s from her sophomore record. She came into country music industry in 1996 with “Heads Carolina, Tails California,” and she became a famous face in the format with hits like “Bye, Bye,” “I’m Alright” and “Stand Beside Me.” She was the first female country artist to score three multiple-week No. 1 hits from the same album. She also won the Horizon Award for new artists from the Country Music Association in 1999.
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