Mark Hoppus recently sat down to play his bass guitar for the first time since being diagnosed with cancer during an online broadcast on Twitch.
In the stream, the Blink-182 bassist said, “Not only is this the first time I’ve tried playing these songs in over a year, it’s the first time I’ve felt good enough to. play my bass. since I was diagnosed.
“So this is the first time I’ve picked up my bass in a few months,” he continues, before using his recently unveiled custom bass built by David Celis and Allan Corona to reel out the fast-firing low end notes. of Not now, excerpt from sessions for the group’s eponymous album in 2003.
Recently, Hoppus provided an update on his ongoing battle with cancer, confirming to fans in a question-and-answer session that he has stage 4 diffuse large B-cell lymphoma – the same type of cancer. that her mother once wrestled and beat.
At the time of the online question-and-answer session, Hoppus revealed he was recording in anticipation of a test that would reveal whether or not his chemotherapy was working.
The Blink-182 member has since announced to fans via social media that the test led to the “best possible news,” and that his treatment was indeed working.
In the post, Hoppus wrote: “Tests indicate chemo is working! I still have months of treatment ahead of me, but this is the best news possible.
“I am so grateful and confused and also sick from last week’s chemo,” he continued. “But the poison the doctors inject into me and the good thoughts and wishes of the people around me are destroying this cancer. I’m just going to keep fighting … “
In his Twitch Q&A, Hoppus revealed that “regardless” of the test results, he would still undergo at least three more rounds of chemotherapy “just to be sure.”
“Ideally, I go tomorrow and they say, ‘Congratulations! Your chemotherapy worked and you’re done, and you’ll never have to think about this cancer for the rest of your life, ”he said at the time.
“If this happens, no matter what, even though the cancer is totally gone from my whole body, they give me three more rounds of chemo just to make sure.”