Tom DeLonge gave fans an update on Blink 182 member Mark Hoppus‘ health.
On July 29, DeLonge shared a throwback photo of the pair on Instagram.
“Me and @markhoppus about to record Cheshire Cat @blink182 – AND – Mark is doing well,” he captioned the snapshot. “Cancer is disappearing! But, he still has more chemo to do. As tough as it is, IT IS working! 👊🏼👊🏼 Mark is a real life superhero.”
DeLonge was co-lead vocalist, guitarist, and co-founder of Blink-182 alongside Mark Hoppus. Firstly, he left the band in 2005. Secondly, DeLonge returned in 2009. Finally, he permanently left the group in 2015.
Mark Hoppus’ Health Battle
On June 23, Mark Hoppus first publicly announced to fans that he was diagnosed with cancer. At the time, he was already undergoing chemotherapy for three months.
“It sucks and I’m scared, and at the same time I’m blessed with incredible doctors and family and friends to get me through this,” he wrote in an Instagram Story. “I still have months of treatment ahead of me but I’m trying to remain hopeful and positive. Can’t wait to be cancer free and see you all at a concert in the near future. Love to you all.”
In a recent live stream, he revealed details about his diagnosis. He told fans that he has diffuse large B-cell lymphoma Stage 4-A. This means that the cancer has entered four parts of Mark Hoppus’ body.
Chemotherapy Side Effects
Hoppus has been undergoing chemotherapy regularly. Although most people think of nausea and weakness that is often associated with the treatment, he’s also been experiencing another symptom. Most patients experience “chemo brain,” where you feel more forgetful and it’s harder to recall things. Basically like “brain fog” but more extreme.
“And for me, I forget things that I should have just on call. Like people’s names, song titles, like anything. I just forget stuff. People will be talking to me, and five minutes later I’ll ask them a question, and they’ll be like, ‘I just told you that five minutes ago.’ So, kind of sucks,” Hoppus said.
In another stream, Hoppus was feeling well enough to play the bass guitar for the first time in a long time. He played “Not Now” from the band’s 2003 self-titled album.
“Not only is this the first time that I’ve tried to play these songs in well over a year. This is the first time that I’ve felt well enough to play my bass since I was diagnosed… this is the first time I’ve picked up my bass in a few months even,” Hoppus revealed.
On July 19, Mark Hoppus told fans that his most recent scans indicate that the chemo is working.