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During 2011, Wade Hayes made plenty of headlines after announcing his battle with stage IV colon cancer, and just a year later he was considered being in remission. However, in 2013, Wade once again found himself facing cancer when it returned in his lymph nodes.
“They opened me up from stem to stern, literally,” Wade tells Country Weekly. “They had to take a big part of my large intestine, most of my liver, part of my diaphragm out, lymph nodes, and I’ve had several small surgeries on my liver to get it repaired enough to work correctly. It was a bad deal. It was very serious. I’m probably being too brutally honest, but it’s the truth. I look like a baseball from all the scars I’ve got!”
Luckily, doctors were once again successful in finding all of the cancer, and Wade, who will turn 45 on April 20, is back on the road to recovery. In order to prevent any form of the disease returning to his body, Wade has made several lifestyle changes.
“I was about 85 percent when I got this last bug,” Wade says. “I had gotten really skinny when I was sick with chemotherapy and all that business. I was eating too lean. I couldn’t put any weight on, so I had to cheat a little bit on the diet. I get to have my favorite meal about once a month, which is a cheeseburger, but on the other days, no more red meat, no more dairy and light on the sweets. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise are imperative at this point in my life, so I stay in a gym as much as I can and eat a lot of vegetables, fish, chicken and fruits. I bought a juicer, and I’m juicing.”
Wade is continuing to get stronger and healthier with every passing day, giving him hope for a bright 2014 and the years to come, which will include new music and more tour dates on the books. “I’ve gotten so busy that I don’t know what to do,” Wade says with a smile. “I got spoiled with all that time off, and now I am running like crazy!”
For more on Wade, pick up the April 14 issue of Country Weekly, on stands now.