I just finished video therapy, which means I didn't look at any notifications for a whole 45 minutes. When I got out, the first thing I saw was a Twitter DM from my buddy regarding some disheartening news; Mark Hoppus, lead singer, and bassist of Blink 182 has cancer.
Earlier today, Mark shared this photo to his IG story before deleting the post and ultimately reposting.You gotta love that Mark still has his sense of humor in a difficult situation. I wonder what PS5 game he was playing?
According this his post, Mark's been undergoing chemo for three month; you can see this bald head under that black Dodgers cap. It just hit me that we were all celebrating Take Off Your Pants and Jacket's 20th anniversary without knowing what Mark's going through and that makes me incredibly sad. This is far from the most profound thing I've ever written on DOL, but this news is fucking me up. I turn 30 this year and I've loved Blink 182 since I was in elementary school when my friend Kevin showed me Enema of the State. I've known the name Mark Hoppus longer than I've known the name Tom Brady. The only constant in life is change but one thing that hasn't changed since the late '90s is my love for Blink 182.
It's been pretty cool to see Mark show his adult side online. He's been married for over 20 years, and his son recently started college at The University of Chicago. News like this shows you the real-life side that all people deal with regardless of money or fame. You're not thinking about Mark Hoppus, the rockstar, but instead Mark Hoppus, the dad, and husband. Mark didn't get into specifics about his diagnosis or what stage he is in; based on his post, I'm assuming the prognosis seems encouraging, but it's easy to assume the worst anytime cancer is mentioned. Hell, before Covid, cancer had a monopoly on "the big C." I know millions of people are rooting for him to kick cancer's ass. Is it in bad taste to say what's my stage again? Because if it is, I won't, but I can't just leave that in my brain. I think Mark would appreciate the wordplay. I cannot wait to finally see Blink 182 after he beats this!
As is tradition.