The niece of country musician Steve Wariner learned she had cervical cancer when she was 26 after she couldn’t stop bleeding. It was caused by a strain of human papillomavirus, according to the Nashville Scene.
Those Darlins — a group comprised of Zazu, Nikki Kvarnes and Linwood Regensburg — released three albums between 2009 and 2013. They broke up in 2016, shortly before Zazu was diagnosed.
The singer adapted a song title, “Ain’t Afraid,” from the band’s final album as her mantra throughout her health battle. She designed t-shirts with the saying, sales of which helped raise over $50,000 toward her medical bills.
“I don’t feel very much fear at all, honestly,” she said in the video explaining her diagnosis in which she shaves her head in preparation for chemotherapy treatments. “I feel very good and feel like I am going to live. And even if I don’t live, then I wasn’t supposed to live. And I just want everyone to know that I am a fighter and I never will give up.”