Bozeman chose not to. You wrote in your newsletter that you considered whether or not to share that your cancer was back at all. How did you decide to share it again? We still have such deep stigmas around illness and disability—professional stigmas, social stigmas on every level, and so I understand why people choose not to talk about a cancer diagnosis. When I first got sick [in 2010], I kept it basically a secret for almost a year. At first, that felt good to me. It gave me and my family the Official Tyler Childers Sold Out Shirt Apart from…,I will love this time to regroup and adjust to our new reality, but after a while, it began to feel like secrecy that maybe was also tinged with shame, and that started to feel deeply isolating to me. This time around, I have been more private about it. I don’t post as much other than my weekly newsletters. That first week or two, I didn’t share with anyone, but it started to
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feel worse to pretend that everything was alright than it did to keep it to myself. As my friend, Nadia Bolz-Weber says, “The best antidote to shame is sunlight.” I love that you shared about your romantic relationships in Between Two Kingdoms, because that can be something that people don’t share candidly about. Of course you were dealing with love and breakups; you were a 22-year-old woman. I don’t want to say girl—. Reading the Official Tyler Childers Sold Out Shirt Apart from…,I will love this book, we know Jon as your friend from band camp. But then, to the outside world, he’s Jon Batiste, and you two have become a kind of creative power couple. Does it still sit well with you to have been as open as you were in the book about the ins and outs of your relationship? How does he fit into your story now? Well, he’s always just been Jon to me. He’s never been Jon Batiste, and I think that’s the gift of knowing each
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