Update: July 6, 2020

I know I just posted some good news yesterday morning about my renal function improving a bit. I’m in the middle of the season of having my cancer re-staged. If you are, or were ever a cancer patient, you realize how frightening these tests can be. They will tell you if you are in remission, or heading down a horrible path. In a way you get used to it. . . to a point.

So, I had a group of cancer staging tests last Friday and they are just trickling in. There is some early indication (increase light chains and increased M-spike) that my cancer is starting to flare. Which of course is not good news. We will know more when the rest of the blood tests come in by Friday and when I get the results of my bone marrow biopsy. The biopsy is on Thursday. If it does look like it is flaring, it would mean I need to change therapies.

So, while I’m not too anxious, of course I want to live and I want to live without suffering. So, of course I want these tests to be good. If you pray, add this to your list.


Published by J. Michael Jones

J. Michael Jones is married to Denise and is the father of five successful adult children, scattered around Washington state and Minnesota. He had a 38-year career as a physician associate, until he was forced into retirement by multiple myeloma in 2019. During his career, he waw a headache specialist at Mayo Clinic, and in the pacific northwest, and worked as a generalist in a variety of locations overseas, including Abu Dhabi, Oman, Cyprus, Egypt, Pakistan twice, Nepal, and Afghanistan's Khyber Pass. He has always loved to think and write, publishing seven books and countless journal articles. After retirement he has focused on his fiction writing including his coming book, The Stones of Yemen.

8 thoughts on “Update: July 6, 2020

  1. Buenos días Johny, soy Helena Calvo, esposa de tu buen amigo Tony Prieto.
    Hace algunas semanas, él mismo me recomendó tu blog, conocedor de que como cristiana estoy en un camino de búsqueda y replanteamiento.

    En primer lugar me gustaría decirte que admiro tu honestidad en lo que escribes. No puedo ni imaginar el dolor que estás teniendo que atravesar…
    Como cristianos nos enseñan, que debemos estar “por encima de las circunstancias dolorosas”, pero la realidad de nuestra vida no suele ser así. Yo tampoco creo que es así como debe ser. El dolor es dolor, el miedo es miedo, el llanto es llanto…y si lo escondemos, no somos reales. Por eso te doy gracias. Tu honestidad me da consuelo.

    Dicho esto, quiero decirte que pido a Dios por ti y tu salud. Pido que te ayude, que te cure, que puedas respirar tranquilo de nuevo, y pasar por el lago con tu esposa, feliz.

    Con cariño desde España



    1. Helena, fue muy bueno saber de ti y Antinio a través de ti. Todavía recuerdo tu apartamento en Madrid, donde no pudimos pararnos. Espero que aún disfrutes tu música y tus hijos. Espero que si estoy en España de nuevo, los pueda ver a los dos. Gracias por tus palabras y oraciones. Johnny, también conocido como Mike


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