Candi Staton, a legendary soul singer, has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
The 78-year-old star recently released her 30th studio album, “Unstoppable.” She received news of her diagnosis on the very first day of rehearsals for the album’s summer tour.
Staton was in shock, but the tour still went ahead as planned.
There’s not much she hasn’t already faced in life, and a cancer diagnosis won’t be the thing to stop her!
Staton had noticed a lump on her left breast earlier this year and got it checked out — but she hadn’t expected it to actually be anything concerning.
“I’ve always taken such good care of myself. How in the world did this happen to me?” she told Rolling Stone.
Staton says she doesn’t eat red meat, stays active, maintains a healthy weight, and takes vitamins as well as medicinal herbs.
But cancer doesn’t discriminate.
Although it understandably took some time for Staton to grapple with the news — and she went through phases of denial, self-pity, and anger — she pressed on.
She said: “After all I’ve gone through in my life – the domestic abuse, the bad relationships, alcoholism, fighting with record labels for royalties and all of that stuff – it’s the last thing I ever expected to go through, but I’m going through it and I plan to beat it.”
Staton is the voice behind many hit songs, among them “You Got The Love,” a cover of Tammy Wynette’s “Stand By Your Man,” and “Young Hearts Run Free.”
Staton is undergoing chemotherapy now, and will have surgery to remove what remains of the cancer in 2019.
Although Staton initially kept her diagnosis a secret, she is ready to share her story and try to inspire as many women as possible. She is urging women of all ages to keep on top of their self-checks and appointments.
“This is going to be my new thing,” she told Rolling Stone. “I’m going to preach and scream about it.”
C. Dixon likes to read, sing, eat, drink, write, and other verbs. She enjoys cavorting around the country to visit loved ones and experience new places, but especially likes to be at home with her husband, son, and dog.