Toby Keith, a seven-time Grammy nominee, is in critical condition. In June 2022, Keith said on social media that he had been told he had stomach cancer. He wanted his supporters to know what was going on, so he posted a message on his Instagram and Twitter accounts.
He confessed that he had endured chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery in the six months prior. Other than that, Keith didn’t reveal much about the diagnosis.
The singer wrote that he was diagnosed with stomach cancer last autumn. He has been through chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery for the last six months. So far, so good. He needs time to breathe, heal, and rest.
Despite the diagnosis, the country singer is keeping his spirits high. He closed his message by promising to meet his followers shortly.
He is excited to spend this time with his family. But he’ll meet the fans sooner rather than later. He can’t wait, he added before signing his name.
Messages of love, prayers, and encouragement poured in as soon as the beloved artist announced the news.
Keith has always been a strong supporter of cancer research, even before his own illness. In 2006, he founded the Toby Keith Foundation to offer free housing for kids with cancer.
Keith is a strong supporter of the cause; only this year, his Oklahoma Golf Classic collected over $1 million for OK Kids Coral, an organization that helps children with cancer find free accommodation while receiving treatment in his hometown of Oklahoma.
Despite his illness, he maintained a public profile. In November 2021, he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and in May 2022, he performed at the Heroes Honor Festival at Daytona International Speedway.
Keith, on the other hand, looks to be doing well at the moment. His prognosis seems to be positive now that the malignancy is in remission. Despite this, Keith has been compelled to clear his tour schedule for 2022. He backed out of an appearance at the SabesWings’ Strike Out Benefit in California in September.
But, in early November of this year, the Oklahoma native shocked diners at a Kentucky restaurant with an impromptu performance. Keith played in front of an audience for the first time since admitting in the autumn of 2021 that he had been diagnosed with stomach cancer.
When Keith sat down with CMT’s Cody Alan at the 2022 BMI Country Awards, he shed some fresh information on his diagnosis and what he believes about his future.
Keith was questioned whether he will return to the stage soon, among other topics. The artist said that he would continue to do what he loves as long as his body heals.
He added that he is considering getting back into fighting shape. He needs some downtime to relax and recover. It’s quite exhausting having to go through all of that, but as long as everything remains in order, one can look forward to something wonderful in the future, he added.
You heard it here first! @tobykeith has plans to get back on the road after battling cancer 👊 More details on his road to recovery this weekend only on #cmtHot20! pic.twitter.com/3p3Rs5a1XM— CMT Hot 20 Countdown (@cmtHot20) November 19, 2022
Toby Keith is a wonderful guy, and we hope he can beat his illness soon.
He has done so much for people in need and others in similar circumstances that we hope he emerges stronger than before. I hope he’s in decent enough shape that he’ll be ready to hit the road again soon.