Kevin Jonas Sr. opens up about his battle with cancer
Kevin Jonas Sr. talks about his cancer diagnosis, the road to recovery & the support of his family.
After being diagnosed with stage 2 colon cancer, Kevin Jonas Sr. is very happy to say that he is on the road to recovery.
In a recent interview with People magazine, the father-of-four, who also previously managed their band spoke about his diagnoses, his road to recovery and how his family came together.
Kevin Sr. had his first colonoscopy early in March 2017. The doctors found a large mass which they suspected to be malignant. The news shook the Jonas patriarch to his core. “My entire life really flashed in front of me. In that moment, I thought, ‘Have I lived a good life? Have I been good to my kids and my wife? Have I done right by people?'”
Kevin Sr. then underwent surgery three weeks later to remove the mass. His worst fear was confirmed when doctors confirmed that he had stage 2 colon cancer. "Suddenly, life felt very short," Kevin Sr. said.
He went on to receive chemotherapy to avoid a recurrence of cancer. He was treated at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.
But what helped Kevin Sr. deal with his diagnosis is how spectacularly supportive his family was. The Jonas Brothers, Kevin Jr., Nick, Joe and 'Bonus Jonas' Frankie banded together to fully support their father.
Kevin Sr.'s wife Denise talks about how the family felt uncertain about their future. “It was a really hard time, feeling like he wasn’t going to make it and not knowing what was ahead of us," she admitted.
But it was the band of brothers that really through for the family. Kevin Jr., Nick and Joe Jonas said that the initial diagnosis scared them. "It was a balance of hope and real concern," says Nick. "I pray no one else ever has to go through that."
But the boys had his back. "The boys showed me constantly—through texts, phone calls, visits—how much they love me," Kevin Sr. told People.
"This makes you wake up and appreciate the ones around you," says Joe.
"Just spending time together can be the best coping mechanism" added Kevin Jr.
The doctors finally gave Kevin Jonas Sr. the good news on Dec 22 when they declared that his cancer was in remission.
This was the best news Kevin Sr. had received. “I want to have more romance with my wife of 32 years, see my kids get married and watch my grandkids grow up,” said Papa Jonas.
Doctors recommend getting a colonoscopy by 50. Kevin Sr. who at the time was 52, has now begun spreading awareness of the importance of early screenings. He is now the spokesperson for Fight CRC which is a national advocacy group that works towards spreading awareness.
We wish Kevin Jonas Sr. all the luck on his road to recovery!
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