American Idol alum Jax just revealed that she’s been battling thyroid cancer.
The 20-year-old singer, who competed on the show’s 14th season, opened up about her battle while making an appearance on a New Jersey 101.5 radio show on Monday morning (August 8).
Jax explained that in April she was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease, a condition in which one’s immune system attacks the thyroid and shortly after it was discovered there was 18 tumors on her thyroid, 12 of which were cancerous.
“People don’t realize how important the thyroid is. It’s more important than the actual brain. It was messing me up emotionally, putting me in a strange place,” Jax explained.
In a Facebook post she added, “I didn’t want to publicize what I was going through, but my team and family insisted that it was something I should share with the people that have stuck by me all this time. I know I have been totally MIA for a few months and I do owe you guys an explanation. You have been with me through thick and thin.
All the tumors were successfully removed and she is undergoing iodine treatments. She says her doctors expect a full recovery.
Our thoughts are with Jax during this difficult time.