It’s been a little less than three weeks since the Beastie Boys’ Adam MCA Yauch shared with the world that he had been diagnosed with a cancerous tumor.
Today, the Brooklyn hip-hopper offered an update on how things are going. In an open letter (via Brooklyn Vegan), Yauch explained that he is now a week and a half out of surgery and “rapidly recovering from it.” Still, the 44-year-old rapper notes there’s a long way to go, writing, “The next line of treatment will be radiation. That involves blasting you with some kind of beam for a few minutes a day, 5 days a week, for about 7 weeks. That will start in a few weeks.”
Throughout the note, Yauch exhibits a rather upbeat attitude and offers gratitude for all the well wishers and tributes, the latter of which has included everything from Jay-Z covering “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” and Chris Martin putting a piano to “Fight For Your Right”.
As always, we’ll keep you updated. Read the letter in its entirety below…
hope you are doing well.
so i’m about a week and a half out of surgery now and rapidly recovering from it. i haven’t taken any of the pain meds, which supposedly speeds along the healing process, or should i say, taking them slows it down. anyway, i spent 1 night at the hospital after the surgery. the hospital was too crazy to get any rest so i headed home to relax, have home cooked food and hang out with the family.
i’m pretty well detoxed from the anesthesia that they pumped me up with to keep me under for all that time. that took several days to get out of my system. my neck and jaw are still pretty stiff from the surgery, but it gets better everyday. had the stitches out this past monday… so things are moving along.
but no sooner am i on the mend from this first torture than are they lining up the next one. the next line of treatment will be radiation. that involves blasting you with some kind of beam for a few minutes a day, 5 days a week, for about 7 weeks. that will start in a few weeks…
saw the jay-z cover of no sleep, and the coldplayone of fight for your right from APW on youtube. good shit. and i heard karen o wore a “get well MCA” armband, and that q-tip gave a shout out too….. very kind of them.
just wanted to thank them and everyone else who sent positive thoughts my way. i do think that all of the well wishes have contributed to the fact that my treatment and recovery are going well.
much love back at all of you!