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Updated December 25th, 2023 at 16:41 IST

General Hospital actor John J York shares health update after undergoing stem cell transplant

Last year, John J. York disclosed his diagnosis of MDS and multiple smoldering myeloma, two challenging blood and bone marrow disorders.

John J York
John J York | Image:Screengrab
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Last year, John J. York disclosed his diagnosis of MDS and multiple smoldering myeloma, two challenging blood and bone marrow disorders. Despite enduring multiple chemo treatments and three bone marrow biopsies throughout the year, the actor's resilience was evident as he underwent a stem cell transplant in November. Now, he took to his social media handle to share his health update.

John J York | Image; Instagram

 

John J York's current progress and optimism

Sharing a video update, York expressed gratitude for the  support from his fans and the progress made post-transplant. Although still in the mid of treatment, he conveyed optimism, mentioning positive test results and his encouraging physical state. York optimistically hinted at a potential return to General Hospital in late spring or early summer, provided his recovery continues smoothly.

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He said, "Hey there, everyone. It’s me and I’m checking in. ... I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, ‘Why did Mac shave his beard? I didn’t shave my beard. I actually shaved the little bits of hair that were still left there."

"I have a long road ahead, but the test results are looking good; I’m feeling really good. Hopefully, hopefully, if things go the way they are, maybe [I'll] be back on the show late spring, early summer."

Expressing heartfelt gratitude for the support, York emphasised the impact of the outpouring of love and encouragement from fans, which he claimed to feel every day.

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John J York | Image; Instagram

 

"I just wanted to thank you all so very much for all your notes and messages of support, encouragement and all the love you’ve been sending my way," he said. "I feel your hugs every day, and I thank you very much for that. ... So, one day at a time. We’ve gotta take care of this."

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As he wrapped up his message, he extended warm wishes for a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year to everyone, concluding with a lighthearted moment, rubbing his bald head for luck and jovially suggesting, "Get some luck in there, okay?"

Understanding MDS and multiple smoldering myeloma

Defined by the National Cancer Institute as a group of cancers wherein immature blood cells fail to mature in the bone marrow, MDS poses significant health challenges. Conversely, multiple smoldering myeloma, a precancerous condition altering certain blood proteins and increasing plasma cells in the bone marrow, typically does not manifest myeloma disease symptoms.
 

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Published December 25th, 2023 at 09:48 IST

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