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TOOL's Maynard James Keenan Reveals Wife's Breast Cancer Battle

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Tool frontman Maynard James Kennan is a relatively private person when it comes to his personal life, but he made an exception today when he wished his wife, Lei Li, a happy birthday. In doing so, he also revealed her breast cancer diagnosis.

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On social media, Maynard wrote "Today is my wife's Birthday. @licoricelust I'm going to guess that it will be viewed as her favorite.

"In late Nov she felt a lump in her breast. On X-mas eve, she was diagnosed with cancer. She didn't collapse into a pile of self pity. She didn't launch into an entitlement rage. She didn't act out in any self destructive manner. Instead she asked the right questions, listened to her doctors, made a plan, and stuck to it. And when there were things she couldn't do on her own, she asked for help. Before the chemo could take her hair, she cut it all off and had our friend Brooke make her a wig to match. And then she went to work.

"No one was the wiser. She's successfully navigated both the chemo and the surgery, and now begins the radiation. And all without whining or bitching.

"She is my rock. She is my muse. She is my ALL. Be like Jen.

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"Happy Birthday, My Love. Cheers to this one and many more."

Maynard and Lei Li got engaged in 2010, and had their first child in 2014, a girl named Lei Li Agostina Maria. Maynard also has a 25-year-old son named Devo from a prior marriage.

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