The award-winning singer urges fans to get tested for early detection of breast cancer
Lebanese singer Elissar Khoury, famously known as Elissa, has revealed her struggle with breast cancer for the first time in a music video titled “Illa Kol Elli Beyhbouni” or To All Those who Love Me.
The star shared the clip of her song on Twitter, along with the caption, “You are the reason I am strong and healthy… You are my strength. And this story is a thank you: ‘For all those who love me.’”
The video starts by showing Elissa undergoing a Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test on December 26, 2017, the day she is told she has an early stage of breast cancer.
It also features uncut voice recordings of a phone call between video director Angy [Jammal] and Elissa, who is heard saying, “You know that moment when you wonder… Will I ever see the people I love again? Those who love me back… Is it that moment… When it’s all over? You won’t exist tomorrow?”
Actual footage from January 2018 shows the singer undergoing radiotherapy, singing in her studio and walking backstage at television show The X Factor on MBC, where she is a judge. It plays throughout the music video, as she recalls getting little rest during her ordeal.
It even includes a clip of her fall on stage during Dubai concert earlier this year, hinting that it could have been due the illness.
But in an Instagram post, the singer urges her fans to view the video in a positive manner.
“This music video shouldn’t make you cry. It’s a reason to smile, be happy, and grateful. We can fight cancer if we know about it in early stages. I love you all ,” she said.
The song’s clip also ends with a personal message from the singer that calls on all her fans to get tested for breast cancer.
She stated, “I’ve recovered, I’ve beaten the illness, and I won… Early detection of breast cancer can save your life… Don’t ignore it, face it… Do it not only for yourself, but for your loved ones.”
Elissa was the highest-selling female Middle Eastern artist for 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010, receiving multiple awards including the World Music Award for Best Selling Middle Eastern Artist and selling over 30 million albums worldwide.