Etheridge Speaks About Cancer Surgery
Melissa Etheridge is recuperating at her Los Angeles area home following two surgical operations to treat breast cancer, according to a message the singer posted on her Web site.
Etheridge, 43, says that a tumor and her lymph nodes were removed, and that the next step for her is to undergo chemotherapy.
"I still have both of my breasts and whether I will keep them is a bridge I have to cross later," she says on the site. Etheridge also thanks her fans and her partner, actress Tammy Lynn Michaels, for all their love and support.
Etheridge underwent a lumpectomy after the discovery of a lump in her breast during a self-examination. As she said in a statement to PEOPLE last week: "I'm taking all of this one day at a time and spending time with the ones I love. I want to thank everyone for their concern and outpouring of affection."
Etheridge, who was forced to cancel 11 concert dates in seven cities this month because of the medical emergency, is still planning to shoot a pilot for ABC that has been called a "Will & Grace" in reverse, in which she plays a gay music teacher who lives with a straight man, the Associated Press reports.
She and Michaels held a commitment ceremony in September 2003. Etheridge shares custody of a daughter and son with former partner Julie Cypher, who had the children through artificial insemination using a sperm donation from rocker David Crosby.
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