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JensJohansson
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 10:30 am    Post subject: Some extremely bad news Add User to Ignore List Reply with quote

Dear Stratovarius fans, I am afraid we have some quite terrible news. News of the worst imaginable kind. It's about our friend and drummer J鰎g Michael.

J鰎g has cancer.

He recently discovered a lump on his neck, went to the doctor, they decided to operate, and found what they call "a malignant thyroid neoplasm". They took out his whole thyroid just to have the best chance to get everything out. He will also have to undergo a regimen of radiotherapy. He is a fighter. We have all talked to him and it's clear that this guy is not down for the count. He and his team of German doctors are pissed off and ready to kick ass, and I would not want to be a little cancer cell on these guys' shit list.. believe me.

J鰎g and his family (and us guys in the band) found this out only last week, after the operation. Naturally we are all going between a lot of emotions, sadness, worry, shock, confusion, even anger.

As for Stratovarius, as you perhaps know there is a long tour coming up with Helloween, and with the surgery and therapy that will now follow there is no way J鰎g can do the first part of the tour. For me personally (it's Jens writing this if you didn't figure it out) I at first felt quite hopeless about the tour, because I was so upset about all this news. But J鰎g himself has been extremely clear that he does not want the band to cancel a single show because of this. In the end this is what made at least me feel better about going back hitting the road next week.

So, we have debated what to do for many days now. J鰎g first suggested my brother Anders to do this November-December 2010 leg, but it turns out Anders will unfortunately be busy recording some record or other with that little indie cellar band of his called HammerFall. :o) After a lot of searching we found a guy that both can do it and didn't have other commitments: Alex Landenburg. He plays well, J鰎g says he is a great guy (very important!) and he even started learning the set already before we even had decided what to do, which to me shows a lot of dedication. You can google Alex' name if you are curious.
So it turns out that Stratovarius will do the first leg of the Helloween Seven Sinner tour, just as planned, only not with J鰎g behind the kit, but with J鰎g very much as a motivator to us being there. Not one single date will be cancelled or changed. J鰎g wants to be back on the road with us again as soon as possible depending on the thearapy, but we are not making any promises, that one is up to powers even higher than J鰎g Michael and his doctors. We will try to keep you somewhat updated.


Anyway, the most important thing is that they think they got all the bad stuff out and that the end result is that we just fix that sentence I wrote above. We will then say:

J鰎g had cancer. But he beat it.

/Jens

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Arkash
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 10:33 am    Post subject: Add User to Ignore List Reply with quote

FOCK MAN!!!!!!!

I dunno what else to say! That sucks!!!

Best of supports for him, his family and friends!!!!

Still, happy the tour isn't cancelled, but you know... it's amazing he still push the band forwards, still is here intact and strong!!!!

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Yngvie Malmsteen
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 10:40 am    Post subject: Add User to Ignore List Reply with quote

Although it's a terrible disease,yet Jorg can and must get over it!
Hope you'll be better,Jorg.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 10:48 am    Post subject: Add User to Ignore List Reply with quote

Sad

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 10:50 am    Post subject: Add User to Ignore List Reply with quote

That really sucks indeed, all I can say is speedy recovery to J鰎g! Smile

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 11:04 am    Post subject: Add User to Ignore List Reply with quote

If in the operation got out the thyroid with all or almost all the bad stuff, with some therapy the things will be better. Just some medical checks in the next years. I'm sure J鰎g will be able to return soon. This is fucking life nowadays, everything is all about this fucking disease. Don't worry J鰎g. You have our support! We will not forget you in the tour!

Jens,dude, you will write that sentence, you'll write it.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 11:38 am    Post subject: Add User to Ignore List Reply with quote

That's terrible news indeed. I hope he will recover as soon as possible, go Jorg!

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 12:03 pm    Post subject: Add User to Ignore List Reply with quote

I am shocked and hope all the best for J鰎g.
He is one amazing drummer. I still think his solo on Visions of Europe is the best drum solo that I have ever heard. I just hope they succeeded.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 12:06 pm    Post subject: Add User to Ignore List Reply with quote

I will send all my support to J鰎g and I want to send lots of positive energy and my prayers to J鰎g and to his family!

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 12:06 pm    Post subject: Add User to Ignore List Reply with quote

shit man...

I hope he makes a full recovery.

what am i saying >.> he is jorg!

I look forward to the day he is fully recovered!

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 12:12 pm    Post subject: Add User to Ignore List Reply with quote

I was so sad when I heard about it,but I am sure that Jorg will defeat the disease!
Best wishes for him!
Best wishes for Strato!

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 12:15 pm    Post subject: Add User to Ignore List Reply with quote

As bad this is... I know for sure that J鰎g will beat fucking cancer Mad

He's a fighter. Strong both in body & mind, I know. Years from now we will say "Remember how J鰎g was so strong and came out of that"?

Go J鰎g! I know I speak for the entire forum when I say, that you have all of our support! Surprised

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 12:16 pm    Post subject: Add User to Ignore List Reply with quote

Yes, the doctors got out the whole thyroid and that's the best in this case, that is a case of 100% curable cancer. It has been a really fast and soon detection. That is the best, that and the power of his mind. That's the most important now, his mind, the support of his family and the support of Stratovarius and the fans. If he can go to some gigs at the beginning as a motivator(if it fits with the treatment dates, etc, etc) it would be really cool cause we, the fans will show him our support.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 12:18 pm    Post subject: Add User to Ignore List Reply with quote

OMG, It's really a terrible news...Beat it, Jorg Exclamation We love U! May you recover ASAP!
Best wishes to all the members and take care!

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 12:22 pm    Post subject: Add User to Ignore List Reply with quote

I'm so sorry to hear this.I couldn't believe it when I saw it!
Never give up Jorg,you can beat this.Have faith in yourself,always have faith.Stay strong and do whatever it takes to get better!
The best of luck to you!

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 12:25 pm    Post subject: Add User to Ignore List Reply with quote

Sad All good thoughts to J鰎g and his family.

Fight, fight...We know you will win over this monster...

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 12:42 pm    Post subject: Add User to Ignore List Reply with quote

I just cant belive, my favorite drummer, Jorg I will pray for you, to get back in shape, I now you can do that!!!!!!!!

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 12:57 pm    Post subject: Add User to Ignore List Reply with quote

That's terrible news but he's a fighter, he's strong
and I' sending my best wishes from here.

Nowadays, there are many advances in medicine, get well soon J鰎g, dont give up!!!!

All the best for J鰎g and Sratovarius...

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 1:17 pm    Post subject: Add User to Ignore List Reply with quote

I hope J鰎g gets better real fast and will become even stronger after he heals up. All the bests J鰎g, you're the man!

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 1:26 pm    Post subject: Add User to Ignore List Reply with quote

Oh my... Crying or Very sad

I was in shock when I read this.
Jorgi, I hope you'll have a 100% recovery. And I hope you'll be back with Strato soon.

Also for the Strato guys, keep going on, and keep Jorg updated, so he gets all the motivation he needs. Good luck to you too guys!

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 1:28 pm    Post subject: Add User to Ignore List Reply with quote

OMG!!Taht's really terrible news.But Jorg is a fighter!We all kown that,carry on,man
Best wishes for the fighter Jorg

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 1:54 pm    Post subject: Add User to Ignore List Reply with quote

The news are very touching. I wish you strength, J鰎g. Times are tough, but I believe that everything will turn out the best possible way.

I also hope all of you in the band strength. Be together. We are all together for you.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 1:56 pm    Post subject: Add User to Ignore List Reply with quote

J鰎g, I'm 100% sure you can beat it!

I want to see you in China!

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 2:04 pm    Post subject: Add User to Ignore List Reply with quote

it's sad...
but Jorg is a very stronger man , and with all the current science/technology is very possible to beat this F***ing Cancer.

All my good vibes and my best wishes for you Jorg, You can do it!

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 2:05 pm    Post subject: All the best to J鰎g... Add User to Ignore List Reply with quote

All the best to J鰎g. We're with you, man. You'll beat this!

Damien

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 2:58 pm    Post subject: Add User to Ignore List Reply with quote

J鰎g, we wish you all the best!

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 3:38 pm    Post subject: Add User to Ignore List Reply with quote

Dear God! I know how that feels, I have hypotheroidism as almost everyome in my familiy; my mother had cancer in the same place you have, and I can assure you that you just need to relax, not frighten at all, and leave it all into the doctors' hands...Bear in mind it's not that serious, and it can be cured easily. So hang in there Jorg, we know you are a great person and a fighter, keep it going man and best wishes on your recovery Smile

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 3:52 pm    Post subject: Add User to Ignore List Reply with quote

ggonza43 wrote:
Dear God! I know how that feels, I have hypotheroidism as almost everyome in my familiy; my mother had cancer in the same place you have, and I can assure you that you just need to relax, not frighten at all, and leave it all into the doctors' hands...Bear in mind it's not that serious, and it can be cured easily. So hang in there Jorg, we know you are a great person and a fighter, keep it going man and best wishes on your recovery Smile


It's completely true gonza what you say.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 3:52 pm    Post subject: Add User to Ignore List Reply with quote

Sad news indeed, i deeply hope that J鰎g gets well as soon as possible.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 3:58 pm    Post subject: Add User to Ignore List Reply with quote

I can't believe. Why this sad and horrible news breaks down all good things such as new album or next tour? But life is so cruel. Unfortunately, it very often attacked inappropriate people.
All, what I can do is to wish you belief in success and speedy recovery.

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