IAN ANDERSON Issues Clarification On COPD / Asthma Diagnosis - "The Conditions I Have Are Early-Stage And I Plan To Keep Them That Way"
May 14, 2020, 8 months ago
On the new episode of The Big Interview With Dan Rather, Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson revealed that he is battling "an incurable lung disease".
Said Ian: "I’m going to tell you something that I've never told anybody in public before... since it's you, I will choose this moment to say, I am suffering from an incurable lung disease with which I was diagnosed with a couple of years back. I do struggle. I have what are called exacerbations, periods when I get an infection that turns into severe bronchitis and I have maybe two or three weeks of... really a tough job to go out there on stage and play. Fingers crossed, I've gone 18 months now without an exacerbation, I'm on medication. If I'm kept in a reasonably pollution-free environment, in terms of air quality, I do okay. But my days are numbered. It's not yet at the point that it affects my day to day life, I can still run for the bus."
Anderson has since issued the following clarification:
"Thanks for your concern but no worries about my diagnosed COPD and Asthma. I have had 14 months with no infections and no bronchitis so last year was the first since my 20s when I didn’t get sick at all. The conditions I have are early-stage and I plan to keep them that way.
"I really meant when talking to Dan Rather last September that my days as a singer were numbered rather than days to live! After all, I am 73 years old this August! But I should be OK for a few more years if COVID doesn’t get me first.
"I am at no more risk of catching the COVID virus than anyone else. Just that the results could be much worse than if I was 17 or even 27. If anything, I am less likely to catch it than many people as I have been practising very safe hygiene for years and social distancing is a way of life for me! I am well rehearsed in public spaces, restaurants, hotels etc. Only flying causes me concern. But I have all the best gels, sprays, masks and facial protection ready for if and when the time comes to embark into the real world professionally.
"A mild COPD or asthma are just things to live with for the millions around the world who suffer. But no impact at all on my daily life as long as I don’t catch a cold or flu virus and suffer the subsequent heavy bronchitis which, for me, historically follows since I was a young man. But on the upside I don’t suffer from Hemorrhoids or erectile disfunction. So, things are looking up, not down. (Puns fully intended.)" - Ian Anderson, May 14, 2020