John Tesh is now a two-time prostate cancer survivor.
9, during her first livestream concert event, the former “Entertainment Tonight” host-turned-popular music artist aims to be a beacon of education and inspiration regarding the devastating disease, which is expected to kill nearly 34,000 Americans in 2021.
After being first diagnosed nearly six years ago, and facing a terrifying prophecy that he had just 18 months to live, Tesh managed to reverse the disease with the help of his wife, Connie Celecca. Hope he had it in remission was dashed in October 2020 when a scan showed the cancer had returned. During several operations and a dose of chemotherapy, Tesh lost access to a kidney and had his prostate removed – all amid the global COVID-19 pandemic.
But now he is once again cancer free.
“Part of what I was trying to do [writing about] Cancer had to be the stuff of service,” Tesh, 69, told The Post at the release of her memoir, “Relentless: Unleashing a Life of Purpose, Grit, and Faith,” last year. There were fewer books or other similar cancer stories. So that’s one reason I went through all the details — but also to show the love story between me and Connie. “
Now, his second, pandemic fight against the disease will be a central theme of Tesh’s concert this Saturday. “There’s going to be a lot out there about stories of hope and inspiration and healing,” he said. People. “I will talk to people about what I did and answer people’s questions.”
There will certainly be music that his fans love — 12 songs are anticipated — but, between them, Tess plans to share “messages about inspiration and hope, and the really specific details that I’m healing in my life.” How to reach?
Tesh knows where he speaks. During his first bout with cancer, in 2016, he responded poorly to the prognosis and began drinking heavily: “The doctors want you to take Vicodin so you can feel better, and when you drink Scotch every night.” People look the other way and mix the two… When you’re in that situation — we thought I was seriously ill — that identity gives you a lot of free rein.”
But he quickly regained consciousness and decided to fight. With the help and support of his wife—who, Tesch said, became so educated in cancer treatment that physicians thought she had a medical background—he defeated the often deadly disease, at least temporarily.
This time, Tesh told People, “I went back to the trenches—I was ready for battle. I felt less like a person who was sick trying to recover and more like someone who was sick of illness.” To resist was healed well.”
Tesh attributes some of his success to his religious beliefs and maintaining a proper mindset during mainstream medical treatments to fight cancer. Now feeling healthy and ready for a performance that will never lack for inspiration, he told people that their time of grief brought a valuable lesson from which we can draw insight: “Many of us learned it during COVID: ‘I can either spend the next year and a half worrying, or I can renew my mind and get busy with my life.’ “