Not funny, Zeus

Exene Cervenka has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis:

“After some months of not feeling 100% healthy, I recently had some medical tests run and the prognosis is that I am suffering from Multiple Sclerosis. Apparently, it has been affecting me for quite some time.”

For some reason, I’ve always had the quaint, if scientifically unsupportable, notion that attitudes on the punkish side of the ledger ought to ward off even the most deadly diseases: if you’re not dead at 27 from an overdose, you ought to live forever. (The last life forms on planet earth, WALL-E notwithstanding, will be cockroaches and Keith Richards.)

That said, Cervenka isn’t voluntarily slowing down:

While this diagnosis will most certainly mean some changes for me, personally, it will not affect my commitments to the current X U.S. tour, nor will it affect my solo album that is slated for release this fall on Bloodshot Records.

My focus will certainly be on maintaining my health — many people remain strong and continue to live their lives as productively as they had before an MS diagnosis and I plan to be one of those people.

Here’s to you, Exene.

(Via Rolling Stone.)

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