America's Got Talent singer Jane "Nightbirde" Marczewski said she's seeing a "slow miracle" in her fight against breast cancer. The singer, who received national attention after getting the golden buzzer this year from Simon Cowell, previously disclosed that she had a 2% chance of survival.
"I wish we would get a faster miracle," she told CNN's Chris Cuomo Tuesday. "It's happening slow little by little, day by day. I'm getting a little better. I did get a scan result back and a bunch of stuff that was there disappeared. And a bunch of the big stuff has gone down in size so we're on the way."
Here are five takeaways from Nightbirde's interview:
The worldwide attention is 'a lot to process'
"It's a lot to process," she admitted. "The highest of highs and lowest of lows in life happening at the same time with all of this playing out in front of millions of people. It's a lot to carry, but it's such an honor."
She won't give up on treatment
"I feel like life is like sometimes a game of 'Choose Your Pain,'" she said. "The pain of continuing or the pain of giving up. The pain of continuing – there's a lot more uncertainty that way, but I think the pain of giving up is so much worse."
She is grateful for what she has
"I've dreamed about singing my entire life," she said. "I think a lot of us don't realize that we're in the middle of a dream come true. Life is so imperfect and there is so much hard stuff and unfair stuff mixed in. ... I am grateful for what I have."
She views life as 'an honor and a gift'
"Every year I get to be around the table with people that I love, it's such an honor and gift," she said. "I should not be alive right now based on the usual statistics. So every year when this time comes around is special for the whole family. Every moment that we breathe is a miracle and gift. Most people don't know what a joy it is to wake up in the morning without pain because they just experienced a normal life. But those like me who face death on a day-to-day basis, sometimes I think we're the luckier ones because we get to really see the sweetness of life."
She is writing a new album and singing again
"I'm so proud of what I'm writing right now. Pain can be a gift because it really drives you to deep places. ...I'm really proud about the stuff I am working on and my voice is getting there. Today, I actually sang a lot and even though it's not to 100%, I'm just so happy to be singing and I can't stop smiling today."
This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: 'America's Got Talent' singer Nightbirde shares breast cancer update