Last week, The Decemberists accordian and keyboard player Jenny Conlee has stated that she has just been diagnosed with breast cancer. Fortunately, the cancer seems to have been caught early enough for her to make a recovery from the illness. In an e-mail statement from the band, they wrote:
“While the prognosis is very, very good for a full recovery, tackling the disease will mean some intensive treatment for our Jenny as well as a lot of important recovery time.”
Conlee will not be touring with the band this month or in June to recover and rest from her treatment. She’s going to be one hard lady to replace on tour.
Conlee wrote in the announcement that:
“It has been great to be on tour these past few weeks. The band and crew are like family to me and have been incredibly supportive and understanding. To be making music with everyone and seeing the fans has helped me to feel more positive and keep my mind off of my diagnosis. But, alas, as the tour winds down, it is time for me to get back to reality. I will try to get into surgery as soon as I can after we return from this leg of the tour so I can begin my recovery. There are still a few unknowns out there concerning my cancer, but I am thinking positive and hope to be back on the road soon.”
Our prayers and thoughts are with you Jenny. Have a speedy recovery and get well soon!