Only one day after her 59th birthday, we have some heartbreaking news to report about Holly Dunn. The country music icon, who recorded the #1 hits “Are You Ever Gonna Love Me” and “You Really Had Me Going,” has been diagnosed with cancer.
As an artist, Dunn released ten albums and charted a total of 19 singles before she retired from country music in 2003. She was also a member of the Grand Ole Opry and served as the co-host of The Nashville Network’s Opry Backstage.
Dunn originally opened up about her diagnosis during an interview with Hallels, but news about it didn’t really start circulating until Monday (August 22). Country Aircheck confirmed the news, saying that Dunn has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and that she is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments in New Mexico, where she lives.
When Dunn spoke to Hallels about her diagnosis, she maintained a hopeful attitude, even though she said the statistics regarding her particular form of cancer offer a bleak outcome:
“I was diagnosed with a rare,very aggressive form of ovarian cancer. If you read the statistics, it is very bleak. Good thing I don’t believe in statistics! I had surgery and now I am having chemo treatments. I have since grown more tumors and it is going to be more of a battle than I anticipated.”
During this difficult battle, Dunn says there are two things that are giving her strength more than anything else…her faith and family.
“I have a huge faith in the healing power of God and the healing power within me that originates from my God,” she said, going on to add, “But I also draw tremendous strength from my family and my family of friends who have gathered around me in total support.”
Dunn is asking fans to pray for her to have strength and courage during this long journey she has ahead of her. If you’d like to send her a card or a note wishing her well, you can do so at the following address: Holly Dunn, PO Box 70, Placitas, NM 87043
We will certainly be keeping Dunn in our prayers, and hope she is able to make a full recovery.