Singer Kelis’ husband Mike Mora has revealed that he is battling stage four stomach cancer.
At the time of his diagnosis 12 months ago, doctors told him that he only had 18 months to live.
He took to Instagram to share the tragic diagnosis, explaining that he started feeling symptoms when he first moved to a farm outside of LA last year, including experiencing “the worst pain” in his stomach.
“Loss of appetite. Pain in my back also started to creep in…finally decided to do something about it,” Mike wrote in a post last week. “It was a bit late. But just in time.”
He added, “I thought the whole time that I just had an ulcer. With no idea what was about to come my way,” he continued.
“Here I was, in a hospital bed, during the middle of the pandemic. All alone.”
Mike was later diagnosed with gastric adenocarcinoma, a type of stomach cancer, and underwent an endoscopic biopsy, only to find the cancer had spread aggressively to his lymph nodes and back.
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Writing to his followers, Mike explained that he was sharing his story to help others going through similar situations and to warn people not to take life for granted.
He wrote: “I am posting this…after so much thought. Many hours thinking of what the right thing to do is. Not because of a selfish reason .not because I want people to feel bad or sorry for me and my family. I am posting this because life is full of the most unexpected situations.”
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“I never thought this could happen to me. At just 36, with 3 kiddos, and a wife that loves me. I want to be able to help those that might be experiencing something like this- a life-altering disease full of questions and doubt- maybe, hopefully.”
Mike continued, “By showing that it’s possible to make it through. You always see people post about how life is too short.
"How you should reach out to those you love no matter where life has taken you. It is the truth. Don’t take your time here, your time with friends, family, for granted. S–t can be over just like that!”
He married Milkshake singer Kelis, 42, in 2014 and they welcomed their first daughter together in September 2020, as well as being parents to 5-year-old son Shepherd.
Kelis also has a 12-year-old son, Knight, with her ex-husband, rapper Nas.
On Wednesday Mike thanked fans for their support after sharing his story.
“It has been incredibly overwhelming. Receiving all the love and words of encouragement. I am so grateful,” he said. “It’s been emotional. But overall I think it’s making me stronger.”
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