Terminally ill Wilko Johnson has called off all scheduled performances and appearances following surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his abdomen.
The former Dr. Feelgood guitarist was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer in January of 2013 and given 10 months to live; he's surpassed those expectations and recently released "Going Back Home," a collaborative album with the Who's Roger Daltrey. But his doctors recently decided to remove the tumor, along with his small and large intestines and a portion of his liver; he'll need months to recover.
But Johnson told us that the medical death sentence he's lived with for the past 15 months have prepared him to deal with just about anything:
Wilko Johnson on living with his terminal illness by GMI Rock News
"Obviously you go up and down...Like, today's quite a lovely day outside here and you think, 'Wow, it's such a buzz to be alive.' You're thinking, 'Wow, great...' And then of course you find yourself at 3 o'clock in the morning sometimes, 'Oh, help me!' Your moods change. It's kind of a different way of living. You really do have to dig the moment you're in...because there's no point in speculating on the future because the future's not there. Blimey, I'm getting philosophical."