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- Posted on Jun 2nd 2009 12:15PM by David Chiu
"Although this is obviously unfortunate news, I am choosing to see the positive in it," she says in a statement. She maintains that her condition will not affect her participation on the current tour with punk band or the release of her upcoming album in the fall. "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."
"It's a little bit of a reality check," John Doe, Cervenka's X bandmate, longtime collaborator and ex-husband, tells Spinner. "She's great. There's a lot of people that live with this. We take care of our own."
"She realizes that this is another challenge," Doe continues. "She's got a lot of support and it's all good. We'll take good care of Exene, don't worry."
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The singer, born Christine Cervenka, has been a member of X since 1977, and co-wrote many of the band's songs with Doe. She is also a member of the group the Knitters, which includes X's Doe and drummer DJ Bonebrake. Cervenka is also an artist and poet -- one of her books, 'Adulterers Anonymous,' with Lydia Lunch, was published in 1982. Cervenka was once married to actor Viggo Mortensen, and the two have a child together, Henry.
Cervenka and Doe has been writing new material together recently. One of their songs, 'It Just Dawned On Me,' appears on his Doe's collaborative album with the Sadies, 'Country Club.'
Meanwhile, X is right now in the middle of their 'Total Request Live' tour, which is also contributing to Sweet Relief, an organization started by Victoria Williams for musicians who need assistance to pay for their medical care.