Last night, I was fortunate to attend John Mann’s CD release event in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia. John Mann is a special musician, singer and actor – a multi-talented individual who creates and performs beautiful, meaningful music.
He’s one of those talents you just sit in awe watching. He started his set with a few songs that he wrote during his cancer experience, and I sobbed as it brought back so many memories of my experience too. If you have gone through any serious health condition, you can relate to the feeling like you are on a different planet, being poked with needles, wearing hospital gowns, dealing with shifting staff, and the uncertainty of the next test result. John’s lovely wife said to me: ‘Oh, you’ve been on Planet Cancer too’, and gave me a big hug.
John Mann was diagnosed with rectal cancer in 2009. It was a joy to see him doing great and shining on stage, performing for a crowd cheering him on, and surrounded by many people who obviously love him.