By Ron Howells • 27 April 2021 • 7:22
Rolling Stone's Guitarist Ronnie Wood Reveals Cancer Lockdown Battle. image: Wikimedia
Rolling Stone’s Guitarist Ronnie Wood Reveals Cancer Lockdown Battle.
Rolling Stone’s guitarist, Ronnie Wood, has revealed he secretly battled cancer for the second time during the lockdown. The rock legend got the shocking news during the lockdown that he had the small-cell variant of the disease. This type of cancer is commonly linked to smoking, a habit Wood previously admitted left him puffing “25 to 30 cigarettes a day for 50-odd years” before quitting the habit in 2016
After a course of treatment and receiving the all-clear from doctors, he says working on paintings of wife Sally, 43, and their twins, four, helped him keep up his strength through the ordeal. He also believes being sober for a decade and putting his fate in the hands of a “higher power” helped him through his latest cancer fight.
Speaking exclusively to The Sun, the 73-year-old revealed: “I’ve had cancer two different ways now. I had lung cancer in 2017 and I had small-cell more recently that I fought in the last lockdown.”
Ronnie continued: “I’m going through a lot of problems now, but throughout my recovery, you have to let it go. And when you hand the outcome over to your higher power, that is a magic thing.”
“That brings you back to the (Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotic’s Anonymous) Serenity Prayer: ‘Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change.’ That’s incredible. What will be will be, it’s nothing to do with me.
“All I can do is stay positive in my attitude, be strong and fight it, and the rest is up to my higher power.”
Wood, a founding member of The Faces and the Jeff Beck Group, became known for his heavy partying and substance abuse, particularly after joining The Rolling Stones in 1975. He said the lessons he learned during numerous stints in rehab had equipped him to fight off the disease.
Source: The Sun
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
Ron must reap what he sows through the years of heavy smoking now it is coming home to him sorry to say it cannot be conquered as it more than likely will come back or reaquer.
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