American Idol’s Avalon Young Recovering From 2nd Brain Cancer Surgery

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Avalon Young is recovering from her second brain surgery. And she’s doing well!

On Thursday, the American Idol season 15 finalist underwent the second of possible three surgeries to treat the cancer that was found back in November. An update was posted on Avalon’s GoFundMe Page.

This “over achiever” got herself released last night from the hospital after an 8 hour surgery on Thursday, that removed more of the cancerous tumor in two sections of her front left temporal lobe. At our post-op appointment on June 9th, we will discuss the next steps in treatment. I think Avalon holds the hospital record for recovery and release. She is home resting and feeling better. Thank you for the out pouring of prayers, love and support.

According to Avalon, the second surgery would not be as difficult. Unlike the huge incision the surgeons made during the first surgery, which lasted a grueling 16 hours, the second go round would involve a small incision, large enough to target the tumor with the lasers.

The symptoms started with involuntary twitches. “All of my doctors were telling me it was anxiety at first,” Avalon told People magazine. “I had blood work done and a bunch of mental tests and everything was coming back fine, until my mom finally convinced me to get an MRI. Honestly, that MRI saved my life.”

The first surgery removed a tumor the size of a peach. “I was lucky enough to go into the ER and for them to actually see a picture of my brain and realize that it needed to be taken out immediately.” Avalon told San Diego FOX 5 at the time.

Amid brain cancer surgery, Avalon drops a new album

But in the meantime, Avalon is still making music. She dropped a single, “She Don’t” earlier this month. And on June 1 her album Lush comes out. “can’t believe imma be in brain surgery recovery when my album comes out,” Avalon tweeted. “the album that i made during brain tumor surgery recovery. life is nuts BUT WE CANT STOP WONT STOP!!! EVER!!!”

“I take everything day by day,” she told People. “I mean, I could freak out if I wanted to and I’ve freaked myself out a few times. But I know that I have the best team of surgeons who have already taken really good care of me. I trust them to go in again and do this. We’re just going to get this cancer done and then we’re going to do radiation and we’re going to do chemo. And then after that, I’m just going to live the best version of my life every day until I die. As this whole experience has taught me, you don’t know what’s going to happen to you tomorrow.”


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