As some of you already know, last week Doris was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia. Fortunately, due to great advances over the past decade, CML is now a very treatable form of leukemia, with high survival rates (95+%). Doris is currently at Emory University Hospital and will be working with both eastern and western healing modalities. She’s holding up well, coping with the symptoms of the first phase of treatment, but is still understandably in shock. We all are, but we are lucky to have a tight-knit community that is pulling together to help. The doctors have said that in time she’ll probably be able to return to an active Girlyman-esque lifestyle, but we can’t risk bringing her out on the road so soon, and have cancelled our December midwest tour. Right now Doris needs close medical attention and lots of rest.
The four of us have every intention of continuing on as Girlyman, playing tours, writing songs, and making CDs. That said, we don’t know what this change will mean in the long term. Without the December tour, Doris will have two full months to rest and to allow her treatment to start working. For now, we’re still planning to tour the west coast in late January as scheduled.
Many of you have asked about how to support Doris and the band during this critical time. We can’t tell you how much we appreciate your love and concern. Your healing thoughts, prayers and visualizations have lifted us – they’ve been the best possible medicine for us all. If you’d like to send a personal note to Doris, you can write to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll make sure it gets to her. We’ll also be posting updates about Doris on our Facebook page and at www.girlyman.com.
Again, our deepest thanks. We’re so grateful for the opportunity to bring music into this world, and to share it with such a special, intimate family of fans.
Doris, Nate, Ty, JJ