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Country music singer Kevin Sharp would have thought he was cured from cancer in the early 1990s, but the disease and the treatment had damaged his body more than he thought.

Country music singer Kevin Sharp would have thought he was cured from cancer in the early 1990s, but the disease and the treatment had damaged his body more than he thought.

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  • 1. How Kevin Sharp Lost Health Battle after a Long Fight
  • 2. Cancer is deadly, but equally deadly are the so-called advanced treatments which are used to cure it. It seems unfair, but when you have cancer it isn’t just the disease you need to worry about but how you get it treated. The tragic death of the once hugely successful country singer Kevin Sharp, who had three top 5 country singles to his name, has brought attention to Ewing’s sarcoma, a kind of bone cancer, and the aggressiveness of some cancer treatments that may cure the cancer after months and months of sheer physical agony but cause potentially fatal complications later. What Is Ewing’s Sarcoma? Ewing’s sarcoma is a rare kind of cancer which affects the bone or the soft tissue, most commonly the thigh bone (femur), pelvis, arm bone (humerus), collar bone and ribs. Males have a slightly greater risk of contracting Ewing’s sarcoma and the disease usually strikes between 10 to 20 years of age, the stage between childhood and early adulthood. The usual symptoms are localized pain, which is sporadic, in the affected bone. The pain could get quite intense depending on the location and progression of the tumor. Swelling also occurs, and is visible if the tumor is situated on a bone which is near the body surface such as the knee. But when the tumor sets itself up in places which are further to the interior of the body such as the pelvis, the swelling may not be seen from outside. The intensity of the bone pain could vary as well. There could also be symptoms displaying inflammatory systemic illness such as fatigue, anemia, intermittent fevers, etc. Kevin’s Fight at a Young Age Kevin Sharp was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma when he was a senior in high school in the late 1980s after complaining of fatigue, pain and dizziness. By the time the cancer was detected, it had spread to Sharp’s lungs as well. The prognosis was that he had very slim chances of survival. Kevin did not submit to the disease though, but decided to fight it out.
  • 3. And fight it out he did for two very rough years when he underwent chemotherapy and radiation. He even allowed experimental treatment to be carried out on him just to win the fight against this disease. Oncologists treating cancer patients carry many hopes and aspirations on their shoulders when they embark on surgeries to remove cancerous tumors and provide other treatment for those in their care. Their efforts include copious research which usually involves medical transcription of audio and video resources. The transcribed material is of considerable significance in terms of future studies and medical research that is carried out to find effective treatment options for patients like Ewing. In 1990 Ewing’s cancer was well into the remission stage. The miracle had happened and Sharp was cured. Those years shaped the man he became and made him mature, as if he wasn’t mature already in deciding at such a young age to brave the disease and fight it rather than letting go. Cancer Brought Him to David Foster But there was something else that happened in those years which would change his life – his meeting with the multiple Grammy Award-winning music producer David Foster, arranged through the Make a Wish Foundation that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening diseases. As a result, he cemented a bond that would help him kick-start his music career while also becoming a lifelong campaigner of the Make a Wish Foundation. Music Career Kicks off with a Bang The friendship with Foster gave Sharp vital insight into how to become a successful singer. Following his cure, Sharp created a demo tape and sent it to Foster and also to other reality shows. With Foster’s help Sharp got signed in to Asylum Records in 1996 and the rest is history. That was the year of the release of his first album “Measure of a Man”, which had three US top five singles including “Nobody Knows”, a cover of the song by Tony Rich. This song remained No. 1 in the Billboard country hits chart for four weeks. He also achieved Gold sales of the album in the USA and Canada. This was the glorious episode of Sharp’s life, a period he received because
  • 4. of his decision to fight the cancer and not succumb to it or consider it his fate. It was also the time for receiving various award nominations such as Academy of Country Music’s “New Male Vocalist”, American Music Awards’ “Favorite New Country Artist,” Country Music Association/SRO’s “New Touring Artist of the Year”, TNN/Music City News Awards’ “Male Star of Tomorrow”, and “Best New Country Video” from Billboard Magazine. The awards he did pick up were “Sexiest Man” by the Sacramento News and Review and “Rising Male Video Star of the Year”. Everyone Wanted a Piece of Kevin Indeed, Sharp tasted success astronomically. He believed that he was living one dream after another. He also toured the nation as part of his responsibilities as a motivational speaker for Make a Wish Foundation. His amazing struggle and victory over the deadly disease was also the subject of stories in various publications such as USA Today, Los Angeles Times and People Magazine as well as other media outlets such as “Good Morning America”, “Entertainment Tonight” and “LIVE With Regis and Kathy Lee”. Hollywood studios were also vying to make a television movie based on his life and career. Emergency Surgery in 1998 But that period of health and professional success did not last. Much of the bones in his hip were replaced by metal rods because of the damage caused by the cancer. This began to give him trouble and in 1998 Sharp was hospitalized for emergency surgery after collapsing backstage during the Country Awards ceremony of TNN Music City News. More Albums and an Autobiography This was followed by a period of health again, and he brought out another album, “Love Is” with Asylum Records, but it hardly tasted the success of his first album and Asylum finally dropped him. Undeterred, Sharp continued with his singing and motivational speaking assignments and worked on his book, “Tragedy’s Gift – Surviving Cancer: The Kevin Sharp Story” which was released in 2004 and detailed
  • 5. his struggles against the disease in his high school years. He was signed up with Cupit Records and released his third album, “Make a Wish”, in 2005. But he was well past the peak of success he had when he started out, back in 1996. Major Stomach Issues Caused by Rough Cancer Treatment His maladies weren’t over as well. Starting from 2008 Sharp went through severe stomach problems. The rough treatment which had brought his Ewing’s sarcoma to the remission stage began to take its toll on his body. It turned out that the cancer treatment he’d had nearly 15 years ago had caused severe ulcers to develop in his stomach which actually created a scar tissue blocking the passage between the stomach and the small intestine. As a result he would throw up anything he ate, and it was only when this condition worsened over 6 months, and after nearly 40 pounds of weight loss, that it was correctly detected. By this time the only option was to remove a considerable part of his stomach through surgery. More Leg Problems - the Brink of Amputation The surgery helped him to recover from his condition and he started gaining weight, embarking on his singing and motivational speaking projects. But in 2011 Sharp encountered more problems in his leg. In fact one of his legs had a dead bone which broke as a result of severe infection, probably a legacy of his earlier cancer. Antibiotics could not manage to contain the infection and multiple surgeries had to be performed and even amputation was suggested though, thankfully, it did not have to be performed. Stomach Issues Return for Final Salvo But by around 2013 the stomach issues were back and he started out once again on a long battle against his maladies. On April 19, 2014 Kevin Sharp lost that battle at his mother’s home in Fair Oaks, Northern California at age 43, a week after he was discharged from hospital where he had remained for 10 weeks. The officially quoted
  • 6. reason for his death was complications arising as a result of past cancer treatment, stomach surgeries and digestive issues. The only good thing to come out of this, according to his sister Mary Huston who had taken care of him, is that there is no more pain and suffering he’d have to endure. For the other cancer victims and their loved ones out there, the question remains – why haven’t all the heralded achievements in medicine failed to create a convincing cure for this dreadful disease? All they’ve managed to do is, in many cases, because other kinds of serious or even fatal harm to the body while attacking the cancer cells. About The Author MTS Transcription Servics (MTS) is an established medical transcription outsourcing company in the US, offering comprehensive transcription solutions for a wide range of clientele. Our medical transcription services are secure and available 24/7.