The normally private frontman for Tool, Puscifer, and A Perfect Circle – Maynard James Keenen – has let fans in on his wife, Jennifer Lei Li Keenan's battle with cancer, calling her his "all," his “rock” and his “muse” in an Instagram post commemorating her birthday on August 12.
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"Today is my wife’s Birthday," Maynard began his post. "I’m going to guess that it will be viewed as her favorite," he continued.
Disclosing how in late November of last year she felt a lump in her breast, and on Christmas Eve was diagnosed with cancer, "She didn’t collapse into a pile of self pity. She didn’t launch into an entitlement rage. She didn’t act out in any self destructive manner. Instead she asked the right questions, listened to her doctors, made a plan, and stuck to it. And when there were things she couldn’t do on her own, she asked for help."
Maynard then went on to describe how Jen was proactive before her chemotherapy sessions, saying before the treatments cause hair loss, "she cut it all off and had our friend Brooke make her a wig to match. And then she went to work. No one was the wiser. She’s successfully navigated both the chemo and the surgery, and now begins the radiation. And all without whining or bitching." Keenan added, "She is my rock. She is my muse. She is my ALL. Be like Jen."
The couple share daughter Lei Li Agostina Maria, and both work on Maynard's popular wine operation as well as his most current musical project, with Jen holding the role of lab manager for the singer’s Caduceus Cellars and product developer for Puscifer.
In other health-related news, Maynard described in detail the not-so-easy time he's had over the course of the pandemic, catching the deadly COVID-19 virus twice since its emergence across the globe in early 2020.
"Ugly, ugly. Couldn't breathe," he explained back in February. "I could barely put two words together without going into a coughing fit... It ended up kind of also progressing into pneumonia."
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