Jimmy Borges: “I’m learning how to die”

Today I recieved a mesage from my good friend at Careless Navigator , Rohan that there were some strange stories getting around about Jimmy Borges.
After some investigating I found that sadly there was some bad news to be discovered.

I have interviewed Jimmy twice now and to say that he is one of the nicest people you have ever met is an understatement.  An incredible talent who has the most amazing stories and is loved by all.

My wish is that I get to see him do one more show in Hawaii, now that would be a dream come.

click this link to hear a recent interview I did with the great man.

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) –
Jimmy Borges has been singing professionally for 60 years, but he’s reached a final act. Late last year doctors diagnosed a fatal form of cancer in his liver and lungs.
“I’m living, learning how to live, living to live. Now I come to the process of where I have to learn how to die,” he said.
In May Borges’ oncologist told him he has six to eighteen months to live.
“Knowledge is power. The more I know the better I can focus on things that I not just need to do, but things that I want to do,” he said.
Borges, 80, is married and has a daughter in Los Angeles.
“The people that really suffer the most are the people who love you. They have to live their own life and they’re living your life too, my wife and my daughter, and all that.  That’s so hard on them,” he said.
Borges said his circumstance is an opportunity to encourage others, and he doesn’t want it to go to waste.
“Everybody has a point where dying becomes a part of their thought process where they have to deal with that,” he said. “Everything in life is a speed bump. They’re all speed bumps. They’re not stop signs.”
He jokes that the ideal time for him to go would be at the end of a show..
“Singing my last note. Everybody standing up and cheering a yelling. And then I go whoomp! That’s cruel. But that would be funny,” he said.
Borges beat cancer in 2011.  This time he turned down chemotherapy and radiation. He wants the best quality of life for the time he has left.

Story By Jim Mendoza

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