Longtime CAC member Bryan Alvarez conducted a six minute interview with Jim Valley today to do his best to update his health status. Jim has long co-hosted CAC's podcast show plus hosted several day-time panel discussions in Las Vegas at our annual reunions like the outstanding Portland/PNWest tribute two years ago. He's also been part of Wrestling Observer Live radio, from Bryan Alvarez and CAC honoree Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Newsletter. And Jim's pulled the "Lawler straps" down to battle back from a serious health scare and thankfully is finally improving.
Bryan said "Jim's been battling a resurgence of a rare autoimmune disease called GPA(formerly known as Wegener's Disorder)and while it had been in remission for over six years, he suffered a (major)flare-up earlier this year." He's been hospitalized ever since. Some of the many symptoms he fought included severe laryngitis in July which turned into debilitating pneumonia, inability to speak, some memory loss and more. He's spent a long time in a hospital ICU and has had top doctors and his dedicated wife Kari at his side helping him thankfully improve in the last week.
Alvarez reported while Jim can't recall much of what he's been through all these months, he sounded very upbeat in the interview, although he's still having a rough time speaking. But he's been up DM'ing and Texting on his cell the past few days(meaning he's getting back to normal JV activities), and is getting some overall movement back while holding down ice chips which is a big improvement. Jim had dropped a tremendous amount of weight with this recurrence, despite always having been in good shape. His team of doctors has worked tirelessly on restoring his nutrition levels while getting needed body mass back plus additionally has him starting physical, speech and occupational therapy to restore function.
Jim is a fellow Japanese wrestling and scenic expert who for years has also hosted his popular Pacific Rim Pro Wrestling Podcast. We'll try to contact Jim as well for regular updates but besides the update that he's in there fighting and improving, he's also thanked his CAC and wrestling family for their support, get well wishes, love and prayers.