Thursday, March 8, 2007

Inter view with John

Hi you all.  Sorry I haven't written in awhile.  I didn't mean to worry anybody.  I guess I have gone through a little time of getting my bearings.  I am doing much better now though.  I still go through a lot, but am coming into being okay.  I will do what I have to do to be okay. 

Below is an interview I did with John, so you all would know how he is doing.  He preferred to do it this way, as it is easier for him than to write something.  So here we go.

Krissy:  How did you feel when you found out the bone marrow cancer is back? 

John:  Uhmmm... I am doing alright.  I am not upset about the MDS coming back.  I'm disappointed.  I'm a little frustrated.  When I first got the news my reaction was mostly surprise because Dr. Claxton had told me it had a 10% chance of coming back in my lifetime, and then like a month later it is back.  So... uhmm... I think I am taking it pretty well.  I am not depressed, or anxious, or even worrying much about it.

It's like "John gets a Bone Marrow Transplant Part 2".  Only this time I have to worry about my kidneys.

Krissy:  Explain that please.

John:  Well, while recovering from this last bone marrow transplant, the one immunosuppressant drug damaged my kidneys so they shut down completely and I had to go on dialysis for two weeks.  Then the kidneys came back and now function at 20%.  Whatever happens this time I have to make sure they don't dame my kidneys, because I don't want to be on lifetime dialysis.  Things that could hurt my kidneys are chemo, medications... and I don't know what else.  I need to talk to my nephrologist about it. 

Krissy:  So here is a deeper question for you.  What inspires you to go on, John?  I was inspired by your answer to the first question.

John:  I feel like I have no other choice but to go on.  The... uhmm... only other option is to give up and die.  And uhmmm, I think I am just too stubborn to quit!  I have had people tell me my stubbornness is a fault, but there have been many times in my life that it has served me quit well.  And I think having cancer has been one of those times.  There have been times with cancer, and the complications, especially the complications, where it seemed to me like I was up against so much that I might not survive.  But uhmm... my stubborness was the only thing that got me through.

And Krissy's support, because she was always there.  And always standing there bye me.  That counted for a lot.

Krissy:   Thanks John for sharing today.  Can I interview you again in the future?

John:  Sure you can.


  1. What a brave man.... and what a brave woman you are.  You're in my thoughts and prayers daily.  

  2. Wow!  What a brave man, he is.  It is so great that you have each other!  We are all pulling for you John and Krissy!  Love, Jae

  3. Wow, that was so cool, hearing his words, Krissy... I would like you guys to do this every once in awhile if you can... Still he humbles me so... To have cancer 3 times... He IS amazing!  I LOVE YOU guys!!!  Love, Val xox

  4. You two are handling this better than I would... I am amazed at John's strength (and yours!)

  5. What a terrific idea to Interview him....I liked that a lot.
    Love to you both,

  6. He sure has a good attitude about the situation.  I liked this interview.  it was so real and had so much feeling.  Hang in there both of you.  :)     Tracy

  7. You two  are amazing . . .  Your mom and I love you both . . .  Dadeo. . .

  8. That was a sweet way to get the information out, Krissy.  I know you and John are both trusting our Heavenly Father in this issue as you were the last. May God bless each of you as you begin this new round of medical care for John. I pray that He gives the doctors wisdom and that John will have a complete healing.  Linda in Washington state    

  9. I want you to know I am humbled by your courage!  Tears are running down my face.  I wish I could do more than just tell you I'm thinking of you, and that I am praying for you.  If ever I can do something useful to help you, I hope that you will let me know, or that God will help me find the best way to show you both I care.  So much!  Merry

  10. (((((((((((John and Krissy)))))))))))) A very cool way to do the entry!  I am praying for both of you and thank you for keeping us posted.
    loving you

  11. princesssaurora3/08/2007 12:47 PM

    I loved that you did this!!   Great interview...  John and Krissy... you are both wonderful inspirations!  And, good for your stubborness John!  Praying for you...

    be well,

  12. John, you are like me. You like this side of the grass and your stubborness is keeping you here.  Krissy, thanks for the interview with John.  John, thanks for telling us how you feel.


  13. Dear Krissy and John,  There are tears on my face and hurt in my heart but the inspiration I get from you both make me feel better.  John will get through this
    Transplant part 2 just as his stubborness and faith got him through the first one.
    Krissys support will get him through this again and all of our prayers.
    God be with you and bless and hugs,,,,Myke

  14. (((((((((((John & Krissy))))))))))) I know in my heart things will get better soon. John will get better. Stubborness is a good thing to have. It allows us the strenghth to not give up. I thank the dear lord I was so stubborn when I had my cancer. I shall keep you both in prayers and thoughts. God Bless you both. ((((((((((((big hugs)))))))))))))

  15. Quite an inspiration, is John.

  16. Thank you John for telling us in your own words just what your life is like at the moment. You and Krissy continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

    Love Sandra xxxx

  17. Thanks John for being so stubborn and couageous~thanks Krissy for sharing John with us. Best of luck and prayers to you ((((((((((John))))))))) Deb ;-)

  18. This was interesting reading John's words. I hope you interview him soon.

  19. this is a great way to hear about John:) hope you do it again


  20. Thanking you and John for being so candid!  Stubbornness is a trait that like others can be used for good or for bad.  I'd say it serves John well in this case.  Just drink in all the love and support you can from every where.  -  Barbara

  21. great idea for an entry and very interesting.

  22. a wonderful and unique approach.  you both are in my prayers.

  23. therealslimemmy3/08/2007 10:28 PM

    he has the right attitude ;)
    prayers to you guys

  24. hugsdoodlewacky3/08/2007 10:34 PM

    ((((((((((((((((((((HUGSTOYOU)))))))))))))))))))I like the way you guys did your entry,glad John is handling things ok.Still praying for both of you.Have a nicenight.

  25. lifesabench63/08/2007 11:14 PM

    You both are so sweet!  I'm glad that John is stubborn- and that Krissy s so faithful and compassionate!!!  You both are inspirations to a lot of people- your faith is amazing!  Don't change at all- God Bless you both, and continuous prayers for you! love Carolyn :)

  26. midwestvintage3/08/2007 11:20 PM

     That is so sweet and I think this is a good communication skill.  great of you to be doing it.  Hope everything goes well.  Take care John.


  27. Hello Kristina,

    Wow.. I am so sorry to hear about what you are going through.... I will keep you in my throughts as my day goes on as you are going through this. I hope that you get better soon and I hope to keep on reading your blogs.

    oh I wanted to tell you, I commented back to you on that entry that you posted to me so whenever you get a chance, check back in :)

    Ps...... I would LOVE to add you to my readers list on the left side of my page so I can keep up with your blog.... Only if thats ok with you

    Thanks for stopping by my page

    Fellow Jlander,

  28. nyuknyukpik23/09/2007 2:24 AM

    Hi Krissy and John--
    I loved that interview!!!
    John you keep that positive attitude.

    The blood bank called me today and asked if I would like to try and give blood again--last time I tried my iron was too low.
    I told them I would try again and I'd get my Dad to give some too!!!! John's journey has inspired me.

    I'm going to take iron pills between now and my blood bank visit so there should be no reason why I can't give blood.


  29. What a novel way to keep your fans up-to-date!  Very original, very sweet - esp with you, Krissy, asking if you can do this again in the future lol I loved that.  John you're a good, brave man, and you've affected so many people in how you've handled your cancer.  God protect you both.  xoxo CATHY  

  30. jlocorriere053/09/2007 5:23 AM

    Bless John for giving us an insight into his feelings! I hope he carries on being a stubborn mule and beats this! Jeannette xx  

  31. randlprysock3/09/2007 8:22 AM

    This is so sweet to hear from John.  You both have my prayers.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend.  Prayers,

  32. You and John are both in my prayers

  33. rachealcarol3/09/2007 6:27 PM

    His stubbornness is a bonus Krissy, you're both in thoughts. Rache

  34. sugarsweet0563/11/2007 3:21 PM

    Smooches & huggies to John & Krissy! Glad you both liked the Support Tag Chris made, I now have a total of 4 tags & expecting a 5th our Support Link Group. Too bad there is a need for this, but I feel as long as there is a need it's good to have. Ea time I go to a journal & see the Support Tags in the  all about me section I smile!
    Let's beat it John...all of us! Our group will grow stronger because all of us are fighters & believe in God above!

  35. Wonderful perspective from John. Great interview. You BOTH are an inspiriation.
    Hugs and prayers, Barb  

  36. Prayers continue from Kansas for you and John.

  37. I think John's response to the question's are the best they could possibly be.    He has made clear everything I could possibly need to know about his condition and how he is facing it.     My prayers that he continue to go on with his stubborn manner in confronting the cancer and not letting it get the better of him.    Never give up, but I do not need to tell you that John.     mark

  38. Also, I forgot to add, that Krissy's support is there when the going gets tough, and she will provide the energy emotionally, and physically, to carry you through.    mark

  39. I love how you did this in an interview format instead of just talking ABOUT your husband's struggle. Very creative. I hope all goes well in this "round 2."--Cin

  40. A very good way to get John's imput.  I admire his attitude so much, as he has been through a lot, but you have been extremely supportive, too.  You two are an inspiration when it comes to dealing with a major foe. Tell John a woman in here has been on dialysis going on 18 years.  I am so impressed with her. I know it is her attitude that has kept her alive for her children.   Gerry


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