Jane Marczewskib was an immediate crowd favorite after she auditioned for America’s Got Talent with the song “It’s OK”. But on the eve of August 2, she announced that she is quitting the competition because her health took a “turn for the worse”.
“I am so sad to announce that I won’t be able to continue forward on this season of AGT,” she said in an Instagram post showing the effects of chemotherapy on her.
Nightbirde also said that the song she used to get a standing ovation from the crowd and the Golden Buzzer from Simon Cowell told the story of her battle with cancer.
She began pursuing music as a student at Liberty University, the private evangelical Christian university in Lynchburg, Virginia. Before graduating in 2013, she led worship at her church, performed at venues around the Lynchburg area and was a “favorite at Liberty’s biannual Coffeehouse,” according to an article in the school’s Liberty Journal.
Her cancer was diagnosed in 2017 and was diagnosed with three recurring cancer diagnoses until 2019. She was then informed by her doctor that she had three months to live.
But with her strong will, she refused to let the disease get the better of her. She said that it was important that everyone knows that she was more than the cancer that was trying to beat her.
In an interview, Nightbirde said:
“I believe that God can heal in one instant. I also believe that “no good thing does he withhold,” so there was something God was growing in the field that is me, and if God had pulled up all of this hardship too soon, it would have also pulled up all these miracles he did in my spirit.”
In one post, she wrote:
“When it comes to pain, God isn’t often in the business of taking it away. Instead, he adds to it. He is more of a giver than a taker. He doesn’t take away my darkness, he adds light. He doesn’t spare me of thirst, he brings water. He doesn’t cure my loneliness, he comes near. So why do we believe that when we are in pain, it must mean that God is far?”
In her pain, Nightbirde has hope. She believes that’s where God is nearest:
“I am still reeling, drenched in sorrow. I am still begging, bargaining, demanding, disappearing. And I guess that means I have all the more reason to say thank you because God is drawing near to me. Again. Again. Again. No matter how many times he is sent away.”
She also mentioned that she was very grateful for her run at AGT.
“Sharing my heart with the world on AGT has been an honor and a dream come true,” the star wrote on her post on the social media platform to her more than 780,000 followers.
“My point of view this summer has been astounding. What a miracle that the pain I’ve walked through can be reworked into beauty that makes people all over the world open their eyes wider.”
As conclusion, she said that she wanted her followers to stay with her because she will be better soon. She was planning her future and not just her legacy. She closed by saying that she may be pretty beat up but she still has dreams.
Her performance currently has more than 30 million views on YouTube.