This is so devastating! ‘American Idol’ season 14 standout Jax has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer and is opening up about her scary situation. Keep reading for how she discovered the dangerous disease and how her prognosis looks.
“It was very unexpected,” Jax – real name Jackie Cole — tells MyCentralNewJersey.com. “When you’re 20 years old, you have this “Superman” entitlement mentality. Like you’re indestructible. Thank God I have people in my life that were there to help me deal with this when my reality finally clicked for me. I’m a tough guy, but I don’t think I have ever experienced anything scarier.” Oh my God, what a terrifying thing to go through, especially when you’re so young.
The AI season 14 fourth runner-up revealed in Instagram post Aug. 8 that she was low on energy and kept losing her voice, and Jax eventually noticed a small lump on her throat. After initially dismissing it, she went in and got it checked out and, “I was definitively diagnosed with Hashimoto disease. The doctors found 18 tumors on my Thyroid.” She adds that doctors told her, “It is unlikely for Thyroid cancer to occur in younger people. I went into the hospital for a biopsy on the tumors, and got a call from the hospital a few days later. It turned out that 12 out of the 18 tumors tested positive for cancer.” How frightening!
The work, pressure, & travel in music is not always so forgiving on the mind and heart. It absolutely takes its toll on your body. Sometimes I think the universe is yelling at me to slow down and I just blatantly ignore it. I have always been obsessed with my job and craft, so stopping and breathing isn't easy for me. However, my health has to come first. I understand that now. Recently my family and I were given a serious wake up call… As I was recording and doing press out on the West Coast, I noticed that I was waking up in a very dark place everyday. Stress has always been a weight in my life, but over the course of a few weeks something felt different. I was losing my voice often, and struggling to keep my eyes open and my moods/energy consistent. My happiness was the last concern on my priority list and my folks new something was definitely up. So, long story short, I came back home to NY for a bit (we had just sold out my first homecoming show since tour at Webster Hall in Manhattan) to rehearse. While grocery shopping with my parents, I felt a small lump on my throat. We really didn't think much of it, as I mentioned I tend to ignore bumps in the road (pun intended) for the sake of speed and production. I was homeschooled so my lame immune system is always giving out on me. Either way, my mom and dad thought it would be a good idea to check it out just in case, so I went in for some ultrasounds and tests (via Urgent Care believe it or not). A few appointmets later, I was definitively diagnosed with Hashimoto disease. The doctors found 18 tumors on my Thyroid…Which would explain what I had been going through emotionally. I'm pretty convinced after all this that my Thyroid is more important than my actual brain. After that diagnosis, my Thyroid specialist wanted to double check and biopsy the tumors to make sure they were not cancerous. It is unlikely for Thyroid cancer to occur in younger people. I went into the hospital for a biopsy on the tumors, performed my show at Webster Hall, and got a call from the hospital a few days later. It turned out that 12 out of the 18 tumors tested positive for cancer…Continue reading at Crowdrise.com/JAXPACK❤️
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Since her July diagnosis, she’s felt the courage to finally tell the world about what she’s going through, noting that, “Cancer is a tricky topic.” But she’s got an amazing medical team, a positive outlook and a good chance at recovering.”The doctors are very optimistic about a full recovery. They have actually been a lot of fun. One of them even made me homemade hummus. I was really lucky to score with such an awesome surgical/nuclear medicine team at Cornell. I was even luckier that so many of them watched my season of American Idol. I go into the hospital every time with a smile on my face. Things could always be worse.” What a great attitude, we totally are pulling for you Jax!
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