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Bad News and Good News From The Decemberists

Posted by - 10:29 AM on 05/04/11
Jenny Conlee of Decemberists has been diagnosed with breast cancer. The good news is she caught it early. Hit the replies for a statement from the band. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

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10:29 AM on 05/04/11
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StatementAdored Mailing List Recipients,

About a month ago, we all at Decemberists HQ got hit with some pretty hard news. Jenny Conlee, our since-the-very-beginning accordion and keyboard player and all-around rad person was diagnosed with breast cancer. If you or anyone in your world has been handed a similar diagnosis, you know what a bolt-out-of-the-blue this news can be.

The good news is that Jenny caught it early. And while the prognosis is very, very good for a full recovery, tackling the disease will mean some intensive treatment for our Jenny as well as a lot of important recovery time.

So I’m writing this to say that, weighing our options, and with Jenny’s fervent blessings, we’ve decided to go forward with our scheduled tour dates this spring and summer.

What we know now: Jenny will very likely miss all nine of our concerts in May and June. We're all hoping that her recovery will be such that she'll be able to get back on board as soon as possible.

And now, a note from Jenny:

Hello to Everyone,

I am very sorry to say that I will be missing a few shows coming up as I go through treatment for breast cancer. It has been great to be on tour these past few weeks. The band and crew are like family to me and have been incredibly supportive and understanding. To be making music with everyone and seeing the fans has helped me to feel more positive and keep my mind off of my diagnosis. But, alas, as the tour winds down, it is time for me to get back to reality. I will try to get into surgery as soon as I can after we return from this leg of the tour so I can begin my recovery. There are still a few unknowns out there concerning my cancer, but I am thinking positive and hope to be back on the road soon. Thanks for all of your support! See you soon!

Lots of love,
Jenny

Thanks for everyone’s understanding during this crazy time.

Yours,
Colin Meloy
The Decemberists
10:36 AM on 05/04/11
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This is a real bummer. I hope she's ok; she's such a talented musician.
10:36 AM on 05/04/11
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Rough stuff, heres to a speedy and safe recovery.
10:37 AM on 05/04/11
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i hope everything works out! Get better soon, Jenny!
10:37 AM on 05/04/11
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one of my favorite bands, i hope she gets it all taken care of. get well soon jenny.
10:41 AM on 05/04/11
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Get well soon!

Fuck cancer.
10:53 AM on 05/04/11
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I wish her and her family nothing but the best
11:00 AM on 05/04/11
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Damn. Hope she gets better.
11:11 AM on 05/04/11
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My mother, aunt, and grandfather have all have different forms of cancer, so I know that this has to suck for them. I hope she gets better, cause she's so talented.
11:16 AM on 05/04/11
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Thoughts and well wishes with her.
They say 1 in 7 women get breast cancer and it's usually the best of the 7.
11:50 AM on 05/04/11
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Damn! But amazing job catching it early! Women should take notes
12:45 PM on 05/04/11
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This is horrible. I pray for her recovery.
12:48 PM on 05/04/11
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Get well soon. My english teacher last year caught his colon cancer early and made a full recovery, hope the same can be said for her.
12:58 PM on 05/04/11
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my grandma (rip) had breast cancer twice so i know what jenny must be going through. thoughts and prayers are with you

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