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Survivor Story: Jim Johnson

Posted by Pete Visintin on

Contributed by Amy Johnson


Jim Johnson owned and operated Jim's IGA in Livingston for 24 years.  During that time he supported the community however he could.  


Churches, fire departments, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and numerous other organizations benefited from his generosity.  



In 2015, Jim was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma.  He was told he was lucky because this was the "best" kind of cancer to have if there is such a thing. 


After many tests and radiation therapy, it seemed that he had beaten it.  In June of 2018 he had a very successful knee replacement surgery and things were going great. 


Jim was back to attending his grandkids' sporting events, babysitting his youngest grandson and was able to walk his step-daughter down the aisle at her wedding. 


Then the cancer reared its ugly head again.  This time in the same leg that had just received a knee replacement.  Since this was the second occurrence the doctors felt it would be best to prescribe a more aggressive treatment plan. 



In November of 2018 Jim began chemotherapy treatments and is now facing a stem cell replacement beginning mid-March (2019).


Even with insurance this is going to be a very costly treatment.  Jim has an uphill battle to face in the next several months-both medically and financially.  


It is our hope that he can focus all of his strength and energy on fighting his cancer. 



Any help would be greatly appreciated in Jim's fight!


Update:  The stem cell replacement was done on March 28. After a few days, his immune system hit rock bottom, which was to be expected, and he was admitted into the hospital for 9 days.


It was a little rough going, but the end results have been exactly what his doctors wanted to see. A battery of testing done earlier this month shows that the cancer is dormant for now.

Multiple Myeloma is not a curable cancer, but it is highly treatable; therefore, he will be on a regiment of drugs and monthly testing for the near future. We appreciate all of the prayers and support received.!




More than 50% of the proceeds from all Fight the Fight purchases made during the month of September 2019 will be donated to Jim to help cover the costs of medical-related expenses.



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