Candye Kane's Cancer Surgery Successful, but...
Local superhero Candye Kane has checked in with a report about her recent cancer surgery. "The good news: I had no positive lymph nodes this time. The surgery was successful in that my pancreatic duct is unclogged. The bad: I will likely need radiation in the coming months for an inoperable very tiny tumor on my mesenteric artery. The good: But many people live for decades with this cancer...I will be one of them."
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Raised in a dysfunctional, blue-collar family, Candye Kane became a teenage mother, a pinup cover girl and a punk rock, hillbilly, and blues-belting anarchist by the time she was just 21 years old. Eight CDs, six record labels, millions of international road miles, and countless awards later, Miss Kane has proven to be a true survivor as she scrambled her way to the top of the roots music heap, creating a world-renowned reputation that has spanned two decades.
Her eleventh album Sister Vagabond hit the streets on August 16, 2011, on Delta Groove Records. The album was produced by Kane and her guitarist Laura Chavez, who also worked on her previous album in 2010, Superhero. Around the same time in 2011, Kane's Toughest Girl Alive autobiographical stage musical opened in New York City on August 14.
Sister Vagabond hit #1 on the Living Blues Charts, as well as earning a pick-to-click slot on the XM/Sirius radio program Bluesville. “I take things one day at a time and today I am feeling great and very optimistic,” Kane says.
"Most people are given only three months to live after a pancreatic cancer diagnosis and three years later, I am still here. So any opportunity I have to create music makes me humbled and grateful.”
“People ask me why I want to work so hard and so much, since I tour 250 days a year. Everyone says I should stay home and relax after my health struggle. But music is my life and neuroendocrine cancer is a mostly manageable disease. I will continue to work as much as I can because I know life is fragile anyway. I would be fine if I died onstage doing what I love like Country Dick Montana or Johnny Guitar Watson. I’m not planning on going anytime soon, but when I do exit this plane, I hope it’s making someone else feel inspired by the powerful words in my songs.”
Several local benefits have been staged to help her cover medical and living expenses while she undergoes treatments, and many in the local music community have made it a point to offer up personal, in-person support and assistance.
"It's hard to not jump up when someone comes over and put on my apron and make them supper or an iced tea. Now people come in and make smoothies for me and give me massages. It's weird to have to be so lazy but, one day at a time, I am learning patience with my body. I am learning how to make myself be still."
"Hard when you're a human hurricane to surrender."
The next benefit concert to help Kane get through tough times takes place Monday, May 28, at Humphrey's Backstage music lounge. The show will feature Missy Andersen, Blue Largo, Sue Palmer, Steve Wilcox, Jonny Viau, Gregory Page, Shelle Blue, Sister Ruby, the Committee, and more.
The show starts at 7:00pm, with a $15.00 per-person donation requested at the door.