John Tesh reveals his battle with cancer in new memoir

In 2015, John Tesh was identified with a rare sort of prostate most cancers and given eighteen months to dwell.

5 a long time and a further (2017) laparoscopic most cancers remedy later on, Tesh, now sixty seven and healthy, particulars his fight in stark, uncompromising depth in “Relentless: Unleashing a Lifetime of Purpose, Grit, and Faith” (Thomas Nelson), a candid and revealing memoir that will take audience on a journey via his everyday living (rising up in Backyard garden Town, Very long Island) and extended profession in radio, tv and music.

“Part of what I was making an attempt to do with [writing about] the most cancers things was to be of company,” states Tesh, the former “Entertainment Tonight” co-host (1986-ninety six) and acclaimed musician (“Live at Pink Rocks”) who hosts the syndicated radio clearly show “Intelligence for Your Lifetime.” He’s been married to actress Connie Sellecca for 28 a long time and, for individuals with extended reminiscences, worked at WCBS/Ch. 2 in the mid-’70s as the station’s youngest on-air reporter.

“When I was identified there were being extremely handful of books out there or other tales of a identical style of most cancers,” states Tesh, who underwent operation in the summer season of 2015 followed by chemo and radiation.[He was re-handled in 2017 when the most cancers returned.] “So that is one particular of the good reasons I went via all the particulars [in the guide], but also to clearly show the like tale between me and Connie.

“If it hadn’t been for her I in all probability would’ve taken myself out.”

Tesh shared his ideas about “Relentless” and about the arc of his profession in a extensive-ranging job interview with The Submit.

Connie Sellecca during John Tesh's chemotherapy treatment.
Connie Sellecca during John Tesh’s chemotherapy remedy.Courtesy of John Tesh

How did you take care of the preliminary most cancers diagnosis?
I was numb and everybody else all around me was seriously upset and crying, so I assumed I was heading to have to someway “man up.” But I did the completely wrong point. I mainly spoke loss of life above myself … I built ideas, built positive no person told any of our radio stations — I assumed perhaps they would replace our clearly show — I was earning ideas for [stepson] Gib [Gerard] to replace me and I was getting conversations just about every day with my organization manager about insurance policy and funeral plots. And I was ingesting at the time because I was so depressing. So I grew to become a most cancers affected individual. I arrived apart at the seams. But Connie is a true “Snap out of it!” lady, like Cher in “Moonstruck,” and we dug into a great deal of investigation and browse a great deal of books. Unless of course you have an individual seriously assisting you like I did you’re completely ready to strap on the kettle bell and soar in the pool because you can not get to the other aspect of it. What’s seriously unhappy is that, at the time you have entered this earth, you discover that a great deal of spouses have split up. Simply because prostate most cancers is in your “engine space,” it is rough on your human body and a great deal of partners really don’t survive it. I told [my doctors] that if partners want to have that conversation with us, we will — and we’ve carried out this several times, telling them how we bought via it.

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“Relentless: Unleashing a Lifetime of Purpose, Grit, and Faith.”Amazon

Do you however have to go for a checkup just about every 6 months?
Connie and I both of those felt that if I were being to go again in for radiation and a scan, particularly the style they have to do on me, which is isotopes and bone scans, that would situation unbelief. Connie claimed, and I agree with her, that part of believing that you’re healed is not just faith, but also finding rid of unbelief, which arrives at 2 o’clock in the morning like, “Is there anything at all rising inside of my human body right now?” So I agreed to one particular blood take a look at [in August 2018] and all my tumor markers were being distinct, all the inflammation in my human body was distinct. That was the second when I knew that this exercise of manifesting divine therapeutic in my everyday living was one thing that was true. We really don’t attend church on Sundays any more — we go to sub-acute nursing facilities to lay palms on the unwell and we’ve had some wonderful outcomes in educating folks how not to speak loss of life above themselves. I bought most cancers the exact specific yr almost to the month my dad died of most cancers. DNA is not programmed like that — I manifested that most cancers in my human body because I fearful about it my complete everyday living.

John Tesh and Connie Sellecca.
John Tesh and Connie Sellecca.Courtesy of John Tesh

You communicate in the guide about your despair. Did you know from a young age that you endured from despair?
I could not determine out what was heading on. In the nineteen fifties, Betty Friedan wrote about this in “The Female Mystique,” about  women in suburbia, my mom becoming one particular of them. I was born in 1952 and girls were being told to give up their work opportunities and raise their young ones and just be there at the behest of their spouse. My dad was a Environment War II vet and spent a great deal of his everyday living ingesting scotch whiskey, so there was that dysfunction. My sisters were being considerably more mature than me, so they took the brunt of a great deal of that, but no person in my spouse and children seriously talked about anything at all, so that results in co-dependency, right? I was isolated I wasn’t popular in faculty and spent a great deal of time in the basement earning things and destroying things and recording people’s conversations. I felt like I was shut out.

Is there anything at all you want you had incorporated in the guide?
Connie and I were being talking about this, and perhaps I can do it in a revised edition. I went via a horrible interval of stage fright, which is odd when you believe that I’m undertaking thirty concert events a yr and taking part in in front of 5,000 folks a evening. I was at the stage exactly where I would drop sensation in my still left arm and I went via a complete procedure utilizing treatment and authorities to get above it. It took me four a long time to do that.

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