George Jones has a new lease on life!
After successfully beating colon cancer and kidney failure, Jones, one of the original members of the band Square One, is back on track and living his life like it’s golden.
Speaking to the media following a performance with Square One during the recent Barbados Is Music concert two weeks ago, Jones said it was great to be back on stage with the ‘Magnificent Seven’, a name given to the members of the original Square One band.
“It feels good. It’s nice to be home and healthy. The few times I came before, I had to make advance dialysis arrangements and so on, so it feels really good and refreshing to be home and to perform at an event like this without the distractions and inconveniences of advance medical arrangements,” the Cayman Islands-based musician said.
Jones said it was extra special and emotional for him to be back on stage with his Square One “brothers and sister” and being around many others in the local entertainment industry, including the Coalishun and Krosfyah bands.
“It feels good to be back with Square One. They had a few shows that I couldn’t be a part of; so it feels great. If you look across the stage tonight, it’s called Barbados Is Music featuring Krosfyah, Square One and Coalishun. Krosfyah would have gone through a number of changes over the years, a number of personnel have passed through; the same for Coalishun. Countless musicians and excellent musicians,” Jones said.
He went on: “Square One is still the same. Still has all the original members – the Magnificent Seven. We have one or two people to support but it is the original members. We have grown up together; whenever we meet, it’s like magic even though we haven’t played together since 2004, which is like 12 years. The moment we started rehearsal, we just gelled. It was meant to be.”
Looking back on his medical challenges over the past few years, Jones said it was not easy but he was determined to beat his illnesses no matter what.
“In 2010, I had a cancer diagnosis. I had stage 2 colon cancer. I successfully fought it and I was treated for it. I caught it in the early stages so the surgery was successful. Because it was intestinal, I had to remove 18 inches of my colon. I had a temporary bag for nine months, then I had it reversed because I was healed well enough.
He continued: “The interesting thing about that is that the doctor told me there was a 70/30 possibility I would have to wear it for the rest of my life with 70 being most likely but if I took care of myself properly, I could have it reversed. So I sacrificed and disciplined myself and followed orders and I was successful.”
“Before the cancer, I come from a family of hypertension, so chronic hypertension is the precursor to diabetes and kidney disease. I started to have minor kidney problems way back in the late 90’s but again I controlled my diet and I had it under control but because of the aggressive onset of the cancer, that sped to the end stage of my kidney problems. So, as soon as I got over the cancer, I went into renal failure and had to go on dialysis,” he explained.
Jones said he was extra thankful for life these days and was living life to the fullest. “Right now, I am as normal as you can be under the circumstances. I had another successful surgery. I’m totally off dialysis,” he said thankfully.
He’s looking forward to being in Barbados a lot more and being with the band. “Once there’s reason for me to be here in Barbados, I will be here. Once the band is ready, I’m ready. We have already had some requests for as early as Old Years Night,” Jones said.