Queer poet and performer Andrea Gibson has canceled their fall tour due to health concerns.
Gibson announced the cancellation in a message on their YouTube channel, telling followers that they have experienced a recurrence of ovarian cancer, which they had first been diagnosed with last year.
“This year has changed me in ways that I am unspeakably grateful for,” Gibson said. “My body is sick. But my spirit has never, in my entire life, felt healthier. I know it’s a strange thing to say that sickness can bring healing. But that is absolutely what has happened for me this entire year, and what continues to happen for me.”
Gibson also shared that they will undergo surgery in the next few days, likely followed by chemotherapy, “but I’m taking things sort of day-by-day right now.”
They also said that while the tour is canceled, they will not stop creating art. “I make art because it is nurturing for me to do so, it is healing for me to do so,” they explained. “So whenever I share art with you, through this time, know that I am never doing it ever, ever, at the detriment to myself. I am doing it because it helps me to know that what I’m going through right now, I might be able to communicate in a way that will make it a little bit easier for someone else.”
Gibson ended with a request to viewers: “And if I can ask anything of y’all through this time, I would ask that you feel everything you got to feel about whatever comes up for you regarding this, but also whatever comes up in your life because I do believe the more we welcome our feelings, the more it opens our hearts.”
We are sending all of our love and support to Andrea Gibson.