Of Mice & Men’s Austin Carlile: ‘You Don’t ‘Get Better’ With Marfan’s’
We've seen rockers miss time on tour due to illness or physical maladies over the years, with fans often offering the common show of support to "get better soon." But in the case of Of Mice & Men's Austin Carlile, the rocker is dealing with something that is not as simple as "getting better." Carlile has Marfan Syndrome, a connective tissue disorder, that once again sidelined him from touring this fall while he underwent multiple surgeries, and he opened up about his current and continued struggle in a series of tweets.
He started his message, stating, "FYI you don't 'get better' with Marfans. You GET BY. I've had foot, ear, rib, head, hip, back, & heart surgeries just so I can function/live. All of you saying I should hurry up & get better what's taking so long. I'll never be better. You happy? I live EACH DAY as it comes."
He continued by dropping some more information about Marfan Syndrome and how it affects him. "Each day is a battle," says the singer. "Marfan Syndrome is a fibrostic connective tissue disorder. That means it affects your ENTIRE BODY, and IT. IS. PAINFUL. I don't cry on Twitter on all the bad days. I suck it up & keep pushing on. The rare good days?!... I CHERISH those more than you could ever understand & I wouldn't wish it upon anyone. This is why I have such a heart for those hurting, mentally OR physically, because I. AM. TOO." See his full series of tweets below.
Of Mice & Men bowed out of their touring back in October after Carlile was unable to complete a pair of shows. Flying from Europe back to the States, the vocalist was admitted to the hospital where he learned that he would need surgery to fix several spinal tears. After just shy of a month in the hospital, the singer was released in early November.
The vocalist had been out on tour in support of the band's Cold World album, which yielded the singles "Pain," "Contagious" and "Real." Of Mice & Men just announced that they'll miss their December shows in Australia. But look for the band to return with Carlile on board in 2017, with a handful of European festival dates already being announced. See where they're scheduled to play here.
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