Grammy-winning US singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow has revealed that she has a benign brain tumor.
“Please don’t worry about my ‘brain tumor,’ it’s a noncancerous growth. I know some folks can have problems with this kind of thing, but I want to assure everyone I’m OK,” Crow wrote on her Facebook page.
The 50-year-old singer said that she went to see a doctor in November because of rampant memory loss before discovering the growth, reports The Huff Post.
“I worried about my memory so much that I went and got an MRI. And I found out I have a brain tumor,” Crow said.
Crow was diagnosed with meningioma, a common type of brain tumor, according to CNN. She doesn’t need surgery but will have periodic scans to monitor the growth of the tumor.
“I haven’t really talked about it,” she said. “In November, I found out I have a brain tumor. But it’s benign, so I don’t have to worry about it,” added the singer.
The Telegraph writes that Crow made headlines in May when she forgot words to “Soak Up the Sun” at a show in St Petersburg, Florida.
She joked onstage then: “I’m 50, what can I say? My brain’s gone to …”
Yahoo reports that Crow said: “I have a history of forgetting my lyrics,” relating one time in the 1990s when she forgot the intro to “A Change Would Do You Good.”
“Not only could I not remember the first line, I couldn’t remember the first line to any of the verses… I started laughing so hard! And I looked over at my guitar player, and he’s bent over like he’s going to just start peeing,” Crow said.
This is not the first time when the nine-time Grammy winner has to worry about her health: In 2006, Crow beat breast cancer, after undergoing minimally invasive surgery and radiation therapy.
Sheryl Crow was engaged to cyclist Lance Armstrong, who survived testicular cancer before going on to win the Tour de France seven times consecutively.
Crow and Armstrong dated from 2003 and announced their engagement in 2005, but split shortly before she was diagnosed with breast cancer the following year.
Crow is the mother of two adopted boys, Wyatt Steven and Levi James.
The singer and songwrites has won nine Grammys, including best new artist and best female pop vocal and record of the year in 1994 for “All I Wanna Do,” and best female rock vocal in 1996, 1999, 2000 and 2002.
“Really appreciate everyone’s love and concern, I feel so blessed to have the support of all my fans, but I’m good — really!” wrote Crow.