Sheryl Crow attended the 2012 Tony Awards in her first public appearance since announcing that she has a benign brain tumor.
The “Soak Up the Sun” singer took to the stage on Sunday night to reveal the award winner for Best Original Score after a singing introduction by the night’s host, Neil Patrick Harris, according to The Huffington Post.
Following her revelation about her brain tumor, the Grammy award winner took to Facebook to assure her fans that she is okay. She wrote:
“Hey everyone, please don’t worry about my ‘brain tumor,’ it’s a non-cancerous growth. I know some folks can have problems with this kind of thing, but I want to assure everyone I’m OK.”
She went on to say that:
“I’m feeling very healthy and happy, and having a great time on the road playing with my new band. I’m busy working on my next record too, which I’m very excited about … and I’ll be on The Tony Awards this Sunday.”
Sheryl Crow told the Las Vegas Review Journal about the diagnosis, saying:
“I worried about my memory so much that I went and got an MRI. And I found out I have a brain tumor. I haven’t really talked about it. In November, I found out I have a brain tumor. But it’s benign, so I don’t have to worry about it.”
GoErie.com reports that Crow was diagnosed with a meningioma, which is the most common type of tumor, originating in brain tissue. They are normally benign, meaning that they are noncancerous and slow-growing. Like in the case of Crow, the tumor can grow for a long time, and that people can walk around for years and not know they have one. a Bringham and Women’s hospital notes, however, that “benign” doesn’t always mean they are okay. They note:
“However, the word “benign” can be misleading in this case, as when benign tumors grow and constrict and affect the brain, they can cause disability and even be life threatening.”
Hopefully for Sheryl Crow, benign means she simply occasionally forgets the lyrics to her best hits.