Jimmy Borges, diagnosed with terminal cancer, says he's 'learning how to die'

Jimmy Borges, diagnosed with terminal cancer, says he's 'learning how to die'

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Jimmy Borges has been singing professionally for 60 years, but he's coming up on his final act.

Late last year, doctors diagnosed him with terminal cancer; it was found in his liver and lungs.

"I'm living, learning how to live, living to live. Now I come to the process of where I have to learn how to die," he told Hawaii News Now.

In May, Borges's oncologist told him he had six to 18 months to live.

"Knowledge is power. The more I know the better I can focus on things that I not just need to do, but things that I want to do," he said.

Borges, 80, is married and has a daughter in Los Angeles.

"The people that really suffer the most are the people who love you. They have to live their own life and they're living your life too, my wife and my daughter, and all that. That's so hard on them," he said.

Borges said his illness is an opportunity to encourage others -- and he doesn't want it to go to waste.

"Everybody has a point where dying becomes a part of their thought process where they have to deal with that," he said. "Everything in life is a speed bump. They're all speed bumps. They're not stop signs."

He jokes that the ideal time for him to go would be at the end of a show.

"Singing my last note. Everybody standing up and cheering a yelling. And then I go whoomp! That's cruel. But that would be funny," he said.

Borges beat cancer in 2011. This time, he turned down chemotherapy and radiation. He wants the best quality of life for the time he has left.

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