Dear friends of CJM,
It’s been a while since Mike wrote to update you on how life has been. We would, first and foremost, like to say thank you for all the messages, cards, prayers and Masses that we have received over the past two years.
Through so many rounds of chemotherapy and treatment, Mike has continued to find inspiration and strength. He has written many beautiful songs, which we hope will mean as much to you as they do to us.
When you are given the diagnosis of cancer, the shock is overwhelming. Unfortunately for Mike the prognosis was never good, and our first priority was to protect our three children. We made the decision to take a step back and deal with things privately, but we always knew that people were thinking of us and held us in their thoughts and prayers.
To see Mike write and produce and record has been a miracle in itself – an answer to so many prayers, even if not specifically what people were praying for…
Mike has been remarkably positive and strong through this journey. It has, at times, been very hard and emotional; but he has also been blessed to spend time with loved ones and even have some opportunities to perform and sing.
Recent months have brought more challenges and, sadly, in January we were told that treatment was no longer viable.
Mike has finalised many of his songs; and they are very precious to us, as they represent the inspiration and hope that Mike continues to hold dear despite all that is going on.
We would like to thank Jo, and those who have worked with her, for keeping the amazing ministry that is CJM going. Long may it continue to be loved and supported by you all.
Faith has been a part of this journey for us all. Please continue to pray for us. Your prayers and thoughts are hugely valued – both for Mike now – and in thanksgiving for the blessings that you may have known through his music over the years.
We are sure you will understand and appreciate that our priority is now to spend the time he has left with our three boys and each other, and we respectfully ask that you please value our need for privacy.
With love and prayers,
Yvonne & Mike