Will Teez Speaks: An Open Letter to My People

Open Letter From Will Teez

First off, hello and happy Tuesday!! I wanted to write this letter to all my people because I honestly feel that without y’all, I wouldn’t be here. The love and support you have shared with me saved my life. So now I share my life with you. I love all of you and like a lover I am willing to stand naked before you and bare my soul. No shame, no lies and no excuses. I am writing this letter from an infusion room at the cancer clinic I go to. I found out Friday that I was relapsing, it was confirmed yesterday.

A plan was made and I am now receiving chemotherapy. Please don’t worry for me as I am not worried for myself. I have faith and therefore I know I will be okay no matter what the outcome. Beliefs change, faith knows. Just as I have faith in me and know all will be well, I have faith in every one of you. You are my family and I know that even if I have to leave, each one of you will grow and prosper in your own time. Even if I don’t get to see it, I know that will be the case.

With that being said, I need to ask a favor of you once again. All I ask is that you listen to my words and if they resonate in your heart that you hold them there, deeply, as a lover would. I truly believe and have faith that those of us who are in my situation were given a gift. We are messengers and we have a message for you. I truly love you and ask that the love and support you have shown me you show to every brother and sister in our human family. I have a secret for you, we are all going to die and love shouldn’t have to wait until then.

Peace & Love

Will Teez



The Farewell To Will Teez In Pictures

How we grieve

Rest In Peace: Will Teez

Will Teez B-Day Fundraiser @ Le Chéile In Pictures

Help WiLL TeeZ – Beloved Local Figure Fights Leukemia

I Am Uptown – Will Alicea

We invite you to subscribe to the Uptown Love newsletter, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter, or e-mail us at [email protected].

You Might Also Like

  • anonymous
    November 29, 2012 at 11:45 am

    As a member of the Chronic Lymphocitic Leukemia club — the watchful “waiters”– I realize that my leukemia is not acute like yours, but we share a similarity in knowing our mortality. You’ve shown that that is not a curse, but I don’t for once believe that knowledge of our mortality is a blessing. On the other hand it is a special power. It allows us to turn each day into a blessed event. Thanks for reminding me how to use our special power!

    • WiLL TeeZ
      November 29, 2012 at 11:35 pm

      Thank you for taking the time out to reply. My particular form of leukemia carries a genetic mutation making it a pretty aggressive & lethal lil bugger. For me the daily reminder of my mortality only locks in and cements something I’ve know for years but have not always lived up to. Namely that the “present” is our creator’s gift to us and that as creators ourselves we can create a beautiful reality if we learn how to tap into that “special power”that to me is our birthright. I’m glad you are tapping into that bro. Let’s change ourselves,our environment,and when we reach that tipping point, the world. Stay up, stay positive, stay strong. One Love

      • Sandy Jimenez
        December 20, 2012 at 10:22 pm

        Will, last time I saw you was at the Green Market in November over on Cooper ave. when I was with the Word Up Books makeshift table next to you. I was floored when I heard your struggles were continuing anew.
        When possible give us and update on here. Lots of people who love you are wondering how you are doing, bro.
        -Mr. Sandy Jimenez

        • WiLL TeeZ
          December 22, 2012 at 8:34 am

          Sandy, thanks so much for the kind words. I did indeed relapse the day after Thanksgiving and found out after I rode my bike the six miles to the hospital! Pretty ironic but it made me realize that my journey towards wellness was going to be a marathon, not a sprint. Which IAm prepared for trust me. I have lived my whole life to get to this point & you never attract more than you can handle, just enough to make you grow. With that being said thank you again for your concern and I will continue to update my status both on this forum (thank you LED)and the various social media. Be well and enjoy the holidays. Peace

  • Sandy Jimenez
    December 22, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    We are with you my friend.
    You are in our thoughts.
    Let us know what we can do to help you carry the weight and meet the current challenge. We will await whatever you care to share. Draw what strength you can from your many colleagues, fellow artists and neighborhood family-in-arms as we focus on sending you all the love and well wishes we can muster.
    -Mr. Sandy Jimenez

  • How we grieve « Vanessa Martir's Blog
    January 18, 2013 at 11:02 am

    […] death has been rattling to so many of us who loved him. In his open letter on uptowncollective.com, he wrote: “I have a secret for you, we are all going to die and love shouldn’t have to […]