I first wanted to take some a moment to give a little background about me. My name is Aaron Offord, I am a twenty-eight year old male who lives Port Credit, Ontario with the love of my life, Amy and our little kitten Dora. I have a wonderfully supportive family and group of friends.
This past year has been quite the adventure with many ups and downs. On February 8th, 2010 I was officially diagnosed with B-Cell Philadelphia Positive Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. The hi-lights of my past year include:
-successfully completing Induction therapy and achieving remission
- completing a Central Nervous System Intensification Cycle
- completing 10 Intensification/Consolidation cyles
- completing 2 rounds of Maintenance Chemotherapy
- Asking Amy to Marry me and her actually saying yes J You can find the story here – She Said Yes
-successfully completed the in-hosiptal portion of an Unrelated Allogenic Bone Marrow Transplant
The Blog's Background
I created this blog very early on in my journey while still going through induction therapy. When I created this blog I always knew it’s the focus of its content would eventually shift. That is actually why I named it Aaron Outward instead of Aaron Offord's Blog.
In the beginning my blogging topics were predominantly focused on my journey to recovery. This blog provided the perfect way to provide updates in one central location to everyone. By doing this, I greatly reduced the amount of emails and phonecalls I had to make telling the same story J
As my journey continued and my treatments progressed, I realized I was changing. I had begun looking at myself much more introspectively. This self reflection gave me the realization that that my journey with Acute Leukemia was providing me with so many invaluable lessons about both, myself and life. In addition to this, my progress updates were not required as frequently because each cycle was an exact repeat of the cycle before.
This is when I realized the time had come to begin the shift in the direction of the blog to becoming more outwardly focused. Going through Cancer teaches us so many things, and most of us don’t get the opportunity to learn these lessons until we are personally faced with a life altering event. But why should that be the case? Why should only cancer survivors be privy to these lessons?
Which brings us to today. I have shifted the main focus of the blog to speak about the wonderful things cancer teaches us about personal growth and self development.
My Detailed Journey With Leukemia
I have been working on a number of separate posts to tell my full story. Many people often wonder what goes through the mind of a cancer patient during their diagnosis and treatment. I can’t speak for all cancer patients but these posts are my attempt to give you an honest and candid glimpse into my personal thoughts and feelings during my journey with Acute Leukemia:
Disclaimer – my whole story from the past year is not completely written yet. As I create each new piece I will update this page with the link.
A Day That Will Live In Infamy - The Story Of My Acute Leukemia Diagnosis Part 1
A Second Day of Infamy - The Story Of My Acute Leukemia Diagnosis Part 2
A Third and Final Day of Infamy - The Story Of My Acute Leukemia Diagnosis Part 3
D-Day – The move to PMH and story of Induction Therapy (still to come)
Consolidation Therapy – what it was like (still to come)
A match is found – the process of preparing for the BMT (still to come)
D-Day Part 2 – Retelling of the conditioning program for BMT (still to come)
I am Born Again – Receiving my new Bone Marrow (still to come)
I am a survivor – What it is like post transplant (still to come)
I hope you like my blog, it is quite a passion of mine. I have heard from many that it has become a source of inspiration in their lives. I hope it will do the same for you too. If you enjoy the blog I urge you to sign up for the RSS feed or email subscription. Both are very easy to sign up for and will make keeping up with all the newest posts much easier.
If you ever want to contact me with questions or comments either leave a remark in one of the comment sections and I will respond or send me an email directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
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