Back in April, Christopher Cross revealed that he tested positive for coronavirus, and this weekend, he’s opening up on CBS Sunday Morning about the terrifying symptoms he experienced.
“There was some, you know, come-to-Jesus moments or whatever where I was looking for any help I could get, you know, through this, to get out of this thing. Because I wasn’t sure,” Cross, 69, explained in his first television interview since battling the virus.
The musician, whose songs “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” and “Sailing” topped the Billboard Hot 100, contracted the virus after traveling to Mexico City. After he and his girlfriend were sick for three weeks, Cross felt good enough to go to the supermarket and when he returned, his legs stopped working. He revealed he was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, which causes the body to attack his nerves.
“It was the worst 10 days of my life,” he shared. “And I couldn’t walk, could barely move. And so, it was certainly the darkest of times for me. You know? It really was touch and go, and tough.”
“I could tell you that I had a few conversations, you know, when I was in there – with whoever he or she is, and just saying, you know, ‘If you could just get me out of here, I will be a better person,’” he continued.
Thankfully, Cross’ paralysis is temporary, though he currently uses a cane to get around. “So yeah, my walking is affected,” he explained. “My speech at times can be affected. Memory is a big deal, too. Just neurologically, I’m kind of a little foggy. You know? Now I’m on medication … a nerve pain medication, which also can cause some fogginess. But until I can get off it at some point, I won’t know how clear I would be. But most people with Guillain-Barre heal about 90% to 100% over about a year. That’s what my prognosis is.”
The singer-songwriter also pleaded for people to take coronavirus seriously. “I’m not a big celebrity, but it’s important for people to know you can get this disease,” he said. “And so, I felt it was sort of my obligation to share with people. ‘Look, this is a big deal. Like, you’ve got to wear your mask. You’ve got to take care of each other. Because, you know, this could happen to you.’”
Watch the full interview on CBS This Morning on Sunday (Oct. 18) at 9 a.m. ET.