Our hearts and prayers go out to Jo Dee Messina and her family.
"Over the years, Jo Dee has built a close relationship with her fans, so those of us at Team JDM wanted to be the first to let you know that she was recently diagnosed with cancer," the message reads. "It has been a trying summer, but her heart has been filled with gratitude for the many opportunities she has had to see God's hand at work."
The 47-year-old mother of two rose to stardom in the late 1990s when she scored three number-one hits in a row on the Billboard country chart: "Bye, Bye," "I'm Alright" and "Stand Beside Me."
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Messina’s team added that a treatment plan is not yet in place, but the singer is working closely with a team to explore all options. Her last tour date for the year will be October 7 (all other 2017 dates are being postponed), as she will begin cancer treatment this Fall.
This statement went on to describe how Messina has relied on her faith during this difficult time.
“As many of you know, Jo Dee is a believer who feels blessed to be surrounded by the love of God — a love that has brought her the inner peace,” it reads. “On her lowest of low days, she has been able to see God’s hand at work and feel His love as she continues her walk. It is because of our Father’s love that she has been able to find the beauty in the days that could have brought her the most fear, gratitude in moments that most would call unfair, and companionship during times she might feel the loneliest.”
Read the full statement here.