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General Hospital star John J. York, 64, has revealed the heartbreaking reason he is taking time off from the show after over three decades.

In a video posted to X, formerly known as Twitter, the soap opera veteran shared that he is taking a brief hiatus to undergo treatment for ”two blood and bone marrow disorders’. 

“So last December of ’22, I was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndromes, or MDS, and multiple smoldering myeloma – two blood and bone marrow disorders,” he told his fans. 

Watch the video above.

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“Over the past many months, I’ve had three bone marrow biopsies, many chemo treatments, I have another one coming up in a couple of weeks, and I’m closing in on a blood stem cell transplant,” the actor said. 

The update comes after York recently announced he would be taking a “brief hiatus” from General Hospital “in a few weeks”, with promises that he would “be in touch” to let fans know more. 

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The actor, who has played Mac Scorpio on the show since 1991 thanks fans for their “support over the years”, and assured that this was not the end of his run on the soap.

“This isn’t goodbye, this is just, ‘So long,’ ” the TV actor assured his fans. 

“I’ll have to take a break for at least three, maybe four months, but I’ll be back,” he followed up light-heartedly with an impression of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s iconic line from The Terminator

Just a couple of years ago in 2021, York celebrated a milestone with 30 years acting on General Hospital.

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In his video statement, York shared that he has been working alongside Be The Match to find a potential donor and urged fans in the video caption to check them out “if you want to support.”

On his Be The Match page, York writes that those between the ages of 18-40 are applicable to join the registry while others can make a monetary donation to help fund the transplant process and research.

“If it’s possible and you would consider being a donor, joining their registry, for not just me but thousands and thousands of other people who are in need of a donor, go to bethematch.org/matchformac,” he said.

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Title: WATCH: ‘This isn’t goodbye’: General Hospital star John J. York reveals heartbreaking reason for his hiatus
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Published Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2023 05:09:00 GMT

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