There’s nothing simple about a press release that holds so much emotional weight from artists, their family and those close to them in the industry. More than a cancelled tour announcement, The Jezabel’s have shared the quiet battle of keyboardist Heather Shannon; with her three long battle with ovarian cancer has left her in poor health.
“There is a lot of research going into ovarian cancer at the moment, and a big push for awareness…”
Postponed until further notice of Shannon’s cancer treatment, the group made the decision not to tour without the full band and have today, explained:
“Three years ago Heather was diagnosed with a unique type of ovarian cancer. Although she has been able to maintain life as usual generally, between treatments, the time has come for her to undergo further immediate treatment which will require her to stay in Sydney.
We were very excited to be hitting the road again in support of our third album, SYNTHIA, but sadly due to a sudden turn of events Heather’s condition requires attention now so touring in the proposed time frame is no longer possible.”
“I am hopeful that in the near future we will be back on the road again playing music we love. This album means so much to us…”
Adding her own personal message, Shannon encouraged fans and those around her to raise awareness of the disease:
“Up until now, I have preferred to not let this diagnosis get in the way of getting on with life. I feel a deep frustration at this new roadblock, as I now have to take a step back and undergo treatment. The band means so much to me, and cancelling the tour has been a very sad decision. I am hopeful that in the near future we will be back on the road again playing music we love. This album means so much to us, and we were so looking forward to sharing it live with everyone.
Having said that, I feel very lucky to be in the care of the public health system here in Australia. I have met many inspiring people and I am receiving the best treatment possible. There is a lot of research going into ovarian cancer at the moment, and a big push for awareness.”
“Ovarian cancer doesn’t have a screening test…”
Each year in Australia alone, about 1500 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. More than two-thirds of women are diagnosed at an advanced stage, where the cancer has spread and is difficult to treat successfully. Ovarian cancer doesn’t have a screening test, which means pushing awareness out for early symptoms is (as a woman myself) critical.
Ovarian cancer is often referred to as a silent killer, with symptoms so vague and similar to the symptoms of many other conditions that can be part of everyday life. This includes the likes of cramps, fatigue and bloating – an aspect we all know too well when riding the crimson wave. As Shannon champions, supporting research and discussion is more than inspiring – it’s life saving.
If you would like to make a donation to either help awareness or research, follow the links below. We wish the best for Shannon as she regains her stamina over the next few weeks and kicks cancer’s ass.
Ovarian Cancer Australia
Australian New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group