Jax captured America’s attention on season 14 of American Idol, thanks to her powerful pipes and amazing voice.
But now, the blonde — whose real name is Jaclyn Cole Miskanic — has got our attention for a much scarier reason. On Monday, the singer revealed that she was diagnosed with both thyroid cancer and Hashimoto’s disease earlier this year.
The FOX alum explained to NJ 101.5 that she hadn’t been feeling too great back in April, when she was slated to do a show at New York’s Webster Hall, saying:
“I was going through a lot, traveling a lot, living out of a suitcase. But I was waking up tired a lot, losing my voice and just kind of depressed and in a really dark place. My parents knew something was up because if wasn’t normal.”
The 20-year-old said in the spring, she felt a lump on her throat while grocery shopping with her parents. However, the New Jersey native didn’t think much of it, admitting:
“But I’m like a bro when it comes to going to the the doctor, and I let it go.”
But, the songstress’ parents begged her to get it checked out, so the gorgeous gal went to urgent care. After the facility gave her an ultrasound and ran some tests, the musician was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, in which the immune system attacks the thyroid.
Sadly, that wasn’t all. Doctors also found 18 tumors on her thyroid. So, specialists decided to biopsy them to determine whether they were benign or malignant.
A few days after performing at Webster Hall, Jax got the results of her biopsies, and learned that 12 of those 18 tumors were cancerous.
After the scary discovery, the artist had her entire thyroid removed, and is currently undergoing radiation. She says the medical professionals remain hopeful after the procedure, saying:
“All the doctors are really optimistic for a full recovery.”
Now, Jax has a new appreciation for the gland, explaining:
“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.”
And while she feels better now, the Idol third-place finalist isn’t entirely back to normal, admitting to the radio station:
“I feel really good. I don’t feel 100% right now, to be honest, but I know I’ll get there because I’m talking or singing or writing.”
Plus, she actually lost friends over the scary situation:
“A lot of people got really freaked out and just stopped talking to me.”
But the lovely lady doesn’t hold it against anyone who cut her out, and took to Facebook to continue to share her story in a lengthy post.
She uploaded this image (above) and detailed the difficult journey to her fans and followers, apologizing for not sharing the news sooner:
“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.”
The reality show alum also added that she now realizes she’s not invincible:
“When you’re 20 years old, you have this Superman entitlement mentality. Like you’re indestructible…And sometimes all it takes is God telling you it’s time to take a break for you to understand that you are most certainly not.”
You can check out her full post (below):
We’re wishing Jax all the best during this tough time.
[Image via Jax/Facebook.]