A Note About Jon

Many of us took a short break around the holidays. A lot of us used that time with family or otherwise play catch up. Our Editor in Chief, Jon Richards, used his to get treatment for some recurring back pain. Many of you are noticing that Jon is still on his break. His has been extended for a while longer.

Jon’s doctors noticed some irregularities during his initial exam before Christmas. After additional tests and a few invasive procedures, we now know Jon has cancer. His prognosis involves radiation and chemotherapy, and likely some form of recuperation in an in-patient physical therapy/rehabilitation facility.

Jon’s spirits remain good. He misses the daily posting and regrets he’s going to miss the festivities that kick off the General Assembly and sitting in his normal chair in the House Press Gallery for at least a few weeks.

We’re going to miss him too. A lot. He not only carries the load of posting much of our news, but also shoulders most of the burdens of playing traffic cop and other administrative duties. He’s made this place his own. I’m proud of what he’s done with it, and the role he’s carved out in the Capitol Press Corps.

It’s a lot more important that he focus on his health than our day to day activities, however. I want Jon focused on his battle ahead, not on the daily skirmishes of politics. That’s the best way to get him back well, no matter how long that takes. That said, neither he nor I believe he’s going to be fully quiet during his treatment. We’ll likely have a post or three as he sees fit, with the dateline from the treatment center of his choice.

As such, the rest of us will be covering the day to day news and analysis as best we can. I’ll be a bit more active in the short term, so watch your threadjacks. Others will be pitching in at a higher level as well.

As for Jon, he likes visitors but it’s best to call before you go. He and I both believe in the power of prayer and those of you who do as well are asked donate one or three. He’s at the beginning of a journey with a tough road ahead. The path is uncertain, but he won’t be alone. We’ve got his back. Join us as you can. And his seat here and at the Capitol remains open when he’s ready for them.

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Lea Thrace
Lea Thrace

Sending prayers your way Jon. Hoping for a successful recovery and that you soon hear the words “remission” or “cancer free” very soon!

Noway2016
Noway2016

Ditto to that! Anything the posters can do, Charlie?

Dick West
Dick West

We’ll definitely miss him during session.

Will Durant
Will Durant

Here’s wishing Jon nothing but the best and hoping that this issue diminishes so much that politics soon make it back to a front burner for him.

Lawton Sack
Lawton Sack

Godspeed, Jon. You are definitely in my prayers.

bethebalance
bethebalance

speedy recovery blessings

CoastalCat
CoastalCat

Bless you and keep you.

Bart
Bart

Thinking of you Jon, kick cancer’s ass!

xdog
xdog

Well, damn Jon. Be strong, keep your head up, and do what the doctors tell you. Good luck.

Nathan
Nathan

Give’em hell, Jon! Also, don’t let Nurse Ratched take your phone away…

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Prayers and positive thoughts coming your way.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Get well soon, Jon. You do great work.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Jon will be in my thoughts.

gcp
gcp

Jon is one of the most knowledgeable on this site. Get well and come back soon.

Nefarious
Nefarious

Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery!

buzzbrockway
buzzbrockway

We’ll definitely be praying for Jon and expecting a full and speedy recovery.

Noway2016
Noway2016

I know it might not be medically relevant, but what a body really needs every once in a while to feel better is some serious comfort food. Where does Jon really love? Let us know. I’m sure we’d call in a special order and have someone close to him pick it up…on us!

Ellynn
Ellynn

Talked to mom and a few 2nd/3rd cousins last night. We activated the family convent/seminary network for requests, vespers and evening prayers. By tonight, Jon will be on prayer rolls all over Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Ireland, the Rhine Valley of Germany, and Bluefields, Nicaragua. When you have priests and nuns (and a Bishop) in the family, of course I’m going to put them all to work for a great cause…

We are with you Jon!

Lea Thrace
Lea Thrace

This is awesome!

We have half of Dunwoody and parts of Chatham County praying for you too Jon!