Heather Shannon, the keyboardist of Australian band The Jezabels, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer three years ago and, during these years, she was able to participate to the band’s life while undergoing treatments.
Unfortunatly, the band posted a statement on their Facebook page, informing the fans that Shannon will need to start further treament “due to a sudden turn of events” in her condition, which will require her to stay in Sydney.
The band decided to back up their keyboardist, canceling the upcoming tour in support of their latest album Synthia stating that “touring in the proposed time frame is no longer possible”.
Shannon also wrote a statement, which reads: “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”.
The Jezabels third and latest album Synthia will be published on February 12.