Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood has revealed how he prepared to say goodbye to his young family after he received his lung cancer diagnosis earlier this year.
The 70-year-old rocker shared how he kept his disease a secret and how it led to the darkest period of his life.
He also faced the diagnosing decision on whether to go ahead with chemotherapy to treat his illness.
"I’ve had a fight with a touch of lung cancer. There was a week when everything hung in the balance and it could have been curtains, time to say goodbye," said the father of 6.
Ronnie Wood made the decision to quit smoking a week before his one-year-old twins Gracie and Alice were born.
His diagnosis came 3 months ago during a routine medical appointment with Richard Dawood, the band's doctor.
That's when Dawood asked to check the star's heart, lungs and blood.
"I said go for it," recalled Wood. "And then he came back with the news that I had this supernova burning away on my left lung. And to be totally honest, I wasn’t surprised."
He knew that he hadn't had a chest X-ray since he was at Cottonwood, a rehab clinic in Tucson, AZ in 2002.
The star's third wife, Sally, who is 31 years younger than him, stood by his side during the tests to see if his condition had spread beyond his lungs.
"If that had happened, it would have been all over for me. So there was this one week when I didn’t know what was happening," Wood said. "Sally was amazing. It’s only since we’ve got through it that she has been able to tell me how it was the worst seven days of her life."
No matter what happened, the star was adamant not to undergo chemotherapy.
Continue to the next page to find out why and the status of his condition.