In 2015, he was angry at God. Diagnosed with a rare form of prostate cancer, he was given only 18 months to live. John Tesh (#11 FCAL), former television host, current radio host, and talented new age musician, was not ready to die. Today, however, at 67 years of age, his faith is strong, and his health is good. He details his private battle in a new memoir titled “Relentless: Unleashing a Life of Purpose, Grit, and Faith.”
“I was not prepared for the suffering. People who have had chemo, they know what this is about. Where I had chemotherapy, I have something called androgen deprivation therapy where they take the testosterone out of your body, which basically gives you male menopause. Then I had two major surgeries and I had complications from those surgeries.” Tesh goes on to say, ““I was angry at God. I was angry at everybody. And for some reason, I was angry at my wife. I was drinking too much scotch whiskey. When you get a cancer diagnosis like this, you become very popular and people are whispering around you and you can get anything. You can get Vicodin if you want. You can drink as much as you want and you can just feel sorry for yourself as much as you want.”
The already dominant Animate Tesh was further emotionally devastated, but that is when, he says, his faith was made stronger. “We had been studying this and other scriptures in the Bible about the promise of healing that came from Jesus. When it came to the last appointment where they wanted to radiate my pelvis with 62 different radiation treatments in a three-month period, at that moment, we realize that we’d caused so much damage to my body that we were done. And at the moment, Connie and I shared a look. Faith was born. And I knew that I was done with treatment and the cancer never came back.”
Now Mr. Tesh is alive and well, continuing his popular radio show, “Intelligence For Your Life” where he shares tips, advice and counseling on health, weight loss, diet, home improvement, job searches, money, relationships … you name it! We’ve all probably heard Tesh on the radio at least once without even knowing it. Just by listening, you can he smiles as he speaks, and his smooth, reassuring voice is loved by millions cross the country.
While most remember John for co-hosting “Entertainment Tonight” alongside fellow #11 FCAL Mary Hart, his life includes a host of accomplishments, not the the least of which was overcoming prostate cancer.
Written by: Staff
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