‘American Idol’ Alum Jax Reveals She Has Thyroid Cancer
American Idol alum Jax is preparing for the fight of her life.
The singer — whose real name is Jaclyn Cole Miskanic — has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer after doctors found 18 tumors in her throat, 12 of them being cancerous.
After noticing a drop in her energy and mood, the Season 14 third place finisher found a small lump on her throat and decided to have it biopsied.
The work, pressure, & travel in music is not always so forgiving on the mind and heart. It absolutely takes its toll on your body. Sometimes I think the universe is yelling at me to slow down and I just blatantly ignore it. I have always been obsessed with my job and craft, so stopping and breathing isn't easy for me. However, my health has to come first. I understand that now. Recently my family and I were given a serious wake up call... As I was recording and doing press out on the West Coast, I noticed that I was waking up in a very dark place everyday. Stress has always been a weight in my life, but over the course of a few weeks something felt different. I was losing my voice often, and struggling to keep my eyes open and my moods/energy consistent. My happiness was the last concern on my priority list and my folks new something was definitely up. So, long story short, I came back home to NY for a bit (we had just sold out my first homecoming show since tour at Webster Hall in Manhattan) to rehearse. While grocery shopping with my parents, I felt a small lump on my throat. We really didn't think much of it, as I mentioned I tend to ignore bumps in the road (pun intended) for the sake of speed and production. I was homeschooled so my lame immune system is always giving out on me. Either way, my mom and dad thought it would be a good idea to check it out just in case, so I went in for some ultrasounds and tests (via Urgent Care believe it or not). A few appointmets later, I was definitively diagnosed with Hashimoto disease. The doctors found 18 tumors on my Thyroid...Which would explain what I had been going through emotionally. I'm pretty convinced after all this that my Thyroid is more important than my actual brain. After that diagnosis, my Thyroid specialist wanted to double check and biopsy the tumors to make sure they were not cancerous. It is unlikely for Thyroid cancer to occur in younger people. I went into the hospital for a biopsy on the tumors, performed my show at Webster Hall, and got a call from the hospital a few days later. It turned out that 12 out of the 18 tumors tested positive for cancer...Continue reading at Crowdrise.com/JAXPACK
“The work, pressure, and travel in music is not always so forgiving on the mind and heart,” she wrote in a heartful Facebook message.
“Sometimes I think the universe is yelling at me to slow down and I just blatantly ignore it.”
Her thyroid was successfully removed and the 20-year-old took some much needed time off to decompress.
Not even a year later..They crown next/last Idol tonight! Time really does fly! Feeling crazy blessed to have been a part of the American Idol run and legacy. Thank you all so much for giving me this platform and always supporting my dream throughout this crazy journey. Make sure you go watch my best friends and family crush it on the #AmericanIdolFinale at 8 PM EST
“After they took out my thyroid, I have been undergoing radiation treatment in NY. Yes. I'm basically a radioactive spider,” she said.
“When you're 20-years-old, you have this Superman entitlement mentality. Like you're indestructible...And sometimes all it takes is God telling you it's time to take a break for you to understand that you are most certainly not.”
The reality star also promised to run in the New York Marathon in November for the 9/11 survivors. Her father, who is a fireman, was a first responder during the terrorist attacks.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jax and her family!