Country singer Jo Dee Messina, whose hits include "I'm Alright" and "Bye Bye," announced Wednesday that she has cancer. She has not yet disclosed which part of her body has the cancer cells. Nevertheless, she will be undergoing treatment this fall.
Messina, a devoted Christian, has expressed her trust in God. Her website notes: "Jo Dee is a believer who feels blessed to be surrounded by the love of God - a love that has brought her the inner peace. On her lowest of low days, she has been able to see God's hand at work and feel His love as she continues her walk. It is because of our Father's love that she has been able to find the beauty in the days that could have brought her the most fear, gratitude in moments that most would call unfair, and companionship during times she might feel the loneliest."
Though Messina has cancelled all her tour dates for the rest of the year, she has been working with CCM producer Seth Mosley (Michael W. Smith, TobyMac). She has recently wrote a song with Hillsong's songwriter Mia Fieldes and Mosley entitled "Here."
Seth Mosley was deeply moved to see her faith following her diagnosis while the two worked in the studio together. "It was one of the most powerful moments I've had in my entire studio career," Seth told Team JDM. "To see Jo Dee singing 'there's no pain, there's no fear, here' through the cancer and the chaos that she is walking through...God is going to use her and her story to intercept people in their pain and remind them that He is near."