MANILA, Philippines – Musician Taboo, real name Jaime Luis Gomez, has opened up about his battle with testicular cancer – which he kept secret until a recent interview.
Taboo, best known for his work as a member of the Black Eyed Peas, told People that he was diagnosed with stage 2 testicular cancer in June 2014. After his diagnosis, he immediately went into surgery and later had to go through chemotherapy. According to a separate report from People, he said that he's been cancer-free for two years.
#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 - A photo posted by Taboo Nawasha (@officialtaboo) on Nov 17, 2016 at 7:54am PST
"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," he said.
He goes on to say that he turned to music to help him throughout his journey and that his family has inspired him to keep fighting.
Here is is the Reason why I am alive today #mytribe #mymotivation - during #th3fight against cancer all I could think about was I have to fight on for my Wifey @jaygo10 and my kids - #familyfirst #cancerfree #warrior A photo posted by Taboo Nawasha (@officialtaboo) on Nov 17, 2016 at 10:36pm PST
He's working with the American Cancer Society and has released a new single, "The Fight." Part of the proceeds go to the organization.