Wade Hayes has endured not one, but two, battles with cancer. The singer, who was declared cancer-free (again) in March of 2015, continues to feel strong and healthy -- and blessed by his good fortune.

"As far as I know, I’m doing really well -- a lot better than anybody expected," Hayes tells The Boot. "I’m still cancer-free. I’m just trying my best to do the most with this extended life I’ve been given."

Still, Hayes acknowledges that he is always aware of how perilous his health remains; "the anxiety is constant," he says.

"I don’t expect I’ll have peace in my life until I make it to Heaven," Hayes admits. "I worry about it constantly; it’s hard not to. Unfortunately, I’ve read the statistics and still am just in awe that I’m one of the few that’s made it this far, and just so very thankful."

It's because of Hayes' fight to beat cancer that he is now focusing on making his life count, and helping others who find themselves in similar situations.

"I’m really trying to discover, and want to discover, why my life was spared," explains Hayes. "I want to be a positive influence on this world at some point. I’m trying to talk to people who have gone through this, and working with cancer advocacy groups and helping to raise money to support organizations that fight this disease. I really have a soft spot for people who have gone through this."

Hayes' released his latest album, Go Live Your Life, in February of 2015, but he is already working on his next set of tunes.

"It’s really more country than I’ve done in a long time. It’s straight-down-the-middle songs that I like, that I’ve either written or found," he shares. "It’s more of an album that’s just stuff that I really liked."

The 47-year-old doesn't know when his new record will be released, but he hopes it will be out as soon as possible. Hayes recently contributed a song, "Just As I Am," to the latest Country Faith Hymns album, which is available for purchase on Amazon and iTunes.

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