Former Journey singer Steve Perry has revealed he recently underwent cancer treatment – just five months after the love of his life died of the disease.
He met psychologist Kellie Nash in 2011 after she’d already undergone a double mastectomy, then been told the cancer had returned. He only got to spend a year and a half with her before she passed away last December.
And three weeks ago, he had a mole removed from his face, which was then found to be cancerous.
Perry tells in a fan blog how he saw Nash in a TV documentary and asked to make contact. Two weeks later they went to dinner, and, he says: “I finally found her – we both knew we were meant to be together.”
He goes on: “She continued chemo from May into December, when headaches started; cancer had gone to her brain. She started brain radiation and the chemo continued. One night she told me she just couldn’t do it any more, and would I be angry if she stopped everything? I told her that never would I ever be angry with her.”
After a “rough” few months, Nash heard of a new form of treatment which was available in New York, so the couple moved there from California in February 2012, where the medication “kept her alive with quality of life.”
Perry says: “We had the most magical summer together. She was doing really well till August. She said, ‘Something’s wrong.’ Her cancer was returning like wildfire. Kellie tried chemo in New York for two months, but it was useless. We came back to California in November and I lost my precious Kellie on December 14, 2012.”
The singer, who last year started work on a new album, says he’s spent the time since Nash’s death trying not to hide from his grief. “She helped me in so many ways,” he says. “I love and miss her terribly.”
Then cancer came back into his life last month after a routine operation. He explains: “A mole was taken off my face and the lab report came back: melanoma, skin cancer.
“I’ve had two surgeries in two weeks to remove all the cancer cells, and they think they got it all, and no other treatments are required.”
Perry promises there’s more to tell about his story, and he’ll do so in due course. In the meantime he says: “Though Kellie and I were only together for one and a half years, it was a lifetime of love packed into every moment. God bless my precious Kellie: I loved you before I met you; I love you now; and I always will.”