Ex-Journey Singer Steve Perry Battles Cancer, Loses Girlfriend to Brain Cancer
By HNGN Staff Reporter | Jun 10, 2013 06:23 PM EDT
Ex-Journey singer Steve Perry revealed some intimate and sad news - he recently underwent surgery to remove a cancerous mole from his face just a few short month after losing the love of his life, Kellie Nash, to brain cancer.
In a new blog post on his official webpage, the ex-Journey singer said "Three weeks ago a routine 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."
The ex-journey singer said he fell in love with Kellie Nash, the psychologist and breast cancer survivor, in a TV movie about cancer. "In May of 2011, I was with Patty Jenkins in an editing room as she was putting the final editing touches on what was to be the closing segment of a Lifetime Channel breast cancer special called 'Five,'" he says. "As the opening scenes camera panned across an outside hospital patio, a narrator's voice commented on their lives and their types of cancer. The camera came across this girl sitting there laughing ... I asked [Patty] if she would send Kellie an email that your friend Steve would love to take her to coffee or lunch sometime."
After Perry and Nash met, he said it felt like love at first sight, resulting in a year and a half long relationship. Sadly, Nash died in December 2012.
"She was so strong, so courageous and we really loved each other so very much. I've been trying to grieve and not run from this loss so for the last 5 months that's what I've been doing along with recalling everything being in Love with Kellie taught me," Perry writes.
He also reveals that he'd recently had a mole removed from his face that would up being cancerous. "I've had two surgeries in two weeks to remove all the cancer cells and I've been told they think they got it all and no other treatments are required,"Perry says.
Perry concludes, "Though Kellie and I were only together for 1 and 1/2 years, it was a lifetime of love packed into every moment."
Meanwhile, Perry also opened up about his own battle with cancer and says the surgery went well.
"I've had two surgeries in two weeks to remove all the cancer cells and I've been told they think they got it all and no other treatments are required," he wrote.
Perry joined Journey in 1978, helping to shift its focus from an early progressive bent toward platinum pop status almost immediately.