Christy Dignam has revealed he was initially told he only had 24 hours to live when first diagnosed with Amyloidosis.
The Aslan frontman was diagnosed with the incurable blood cancer in 2013 and has been undergoing chemo ever since.
The singer says that the diagnosis, and his initial life-expectancy taught him to appreciate every day.
“You have to make the best of everything so I try to take memory photographs,” he told TV Now Magazine.
“If I’m doing the gig in the Iveagh Gardens or the Olympia, or if you’re on the Late Late Show, I try to absorb it for that moment. It could be the last time.
“When I first got diagnosed I was given 24 hours to live and when I got through that 24 hours, I was given six months to live.
“At that point, the band didn’t matter; records didn’t matter; the house didn’t matter.
“The only thing that mattered was the family and that taught me a great lesson. It’s what life is all about.”
Christy also revealed that a bad infection could be fatal because of his immune system.
“As you have a better appreciation of things, everything you do is potentially the last time you’ll do it,” he said
“My health could turn on a pin. For example, a few months ago, everything was going grand and I was doing a gig in Limerick.
“I got an infection and that turned to sepsis because my immune system was so low, I didn’t have any immunity to attack the infection.
“The sepsis nearly killed me and that can happen overnight.”
Christy and Aslan are playing in Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens in Dublins City Centre on Friday 7th July.