The Decemberists accordian and keyboard player Jenny Conlee announced she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
The band shared the news with their fans via email, stating that the positive side was that the cancer was caught early.
They wrote that “while the prognosis is very, very good for a full recovery, tackling the disease will mean some intensive treatment for our Jenny as well as a lot of important recovery time.” To rest and recover, Conlee will be taking a break from the tour, missing the band’s dates in May and June.
“It has been great to be on tour these past few weeks. The band and crew are like family to me and have been incredibly supportive and understanding,” Conlee wrote in the email. “To be making music with everyone and seeing the fans has helped me to feel more positive and keep my mind off of my diagnosis. But, alas, as the tour winds down, it is time for me to get back to reality. I will try to get into surgery as soon as I can after we return from this leg of the tour so I can begin my recovery. There are still a few unknowns out there concerning my cancer, but I am thinking positive and hope to be back on the road soon.”