Jason Becker shares update after “scary” health issues: “I am finally starting to feel like myself again”

Becker was hospitalised last month.

Jason Becker

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Following the news that ALS-stricken guitarist and composer Jason Becker had been hospitalised in April, he has taken to social media to share a positive update regarding his health.

On Instagram, Becker wrote: “I am finally starting to feel like myself again, after many months of scary health issues, and thinking I was on my way out. Once again, thank you all for your prayers and well-wishes; I honestly feel that energy and I’m very grateful. It feels so good to know you are out there and your kindness and support brings tears to my eyes.

“How can I possibly thank Herman Li, Nayla, Colleen, Stephen, Amy, and all the musicians who got together and donated their time and guitars and put their hearts into their music, all for my benefit?” he added. “Your loving words and gestures are humbling and I am honoured. Thank you all. I am blessed beyond belief for each and every one of you.”

Signing off, he wrote: “I am hoping to be able to check in on the computer and try to keep up with everything as much as my energy will allow me, and I hope to get back to music, in some form, as much as I can. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. My family and I could not have gotten this far without you all.”

Becker was hospitalised in April after experiencing persistent shortness of breath and a rapid heart rate, announced Patricia, the guitarist’s mother. It was only a few days earlier that she revealed Becker was in a “pretty scary” condition.

“Jason is aware of, and overwhelmed by the outpouring of prayers and love coming his way,” Patricia wrote on Twitter. “He was feeling better for a while, but the annoying shortness of breath and rapid heart rate kept coming and going. The doctor felt it was best to admit him to the hospital, which is what we are doing.”

Over the past months, a large online fundraising event took place and a Reverb storefront full of instruments donated and signed by famous musicians was opened in aid of Becker’s medical bills.

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