Ta­boo opens up on bat­tle with can­cer

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

The 41-year-old rap­per - real name Jaime Luis Gomez - has re­vealed a trip to the emer­gency room when he thought he had the flu ended up sav­ing him from stage two tes­tic­u­lar can­cer. Speak­ing to Peo­ple mag­a­zine, Ta­boo said: "It all started with a pain in my back and ab­domen. I was so busy work­ing that I wasn't wor­ried about it, but I went to the emer­gency room to get checked out." Af­ter a series of tests in 2014, doc­tors di­ag­nosed the 'Where Is the Love?' hit­maker with the stage two can­cer - which means the can­cer­ous cells have spread from the tes­ti­cle to nearby lymph nodes in the ab­domen or pelvis. Ta­boo says that his fel­low Black Eyed Peas band­mate will.i.am "in­stantly reached out" to help him. He con­tin­ued: "The very next day I went into surgery to have the 'mother ship' re­moved. But my fight had just be­gun. "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." Af­ter 12 weeks of "ag­gres­sive" chemo­ther­apy, the 'I Gotta Feel­ing' mu­si­cian - who is joined in the band by will.i.am, apl.de.ap, and Fergie - has been can­cer-free for two years, and is hop­ing to use his ex­pe­ri­ence to "in­spire oth­ers" in his po­si­tion.

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