Dear Jack

Julia O

Active LifeList Participant

I am a mother and a wife and was unexpectedly diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia at 36 years old in 2018 with a 2 and a 4-year-old. It was absolutely devastating and unreal. Our lives were completely turned upside down. I had to start treatment immediately and was inpatient for induction chemotherapy for 30 days. Following that, I needed 3 inpatient consolation treatments. Being away from my family was heartbreaking as well as emotionally and mentally exhausting. In 2019, I was watched monthly by my oncologist and was tested frequently. It was an emotional roller coaster. We found out that I relapsed in 2020 just months after the outbreak of Covid. I had to start chemotherapy treatment again. This time, we had to relocate our family 2 hours away so that we could all be close to the hospital. Both my husband and I were unable to work and I ultimately lost my job after 9 years. My bone marrow transplant was on October 21st, 2020. Covid itself has presented many challenges and obstacles. Recovery has been very difficult but I am grateful to be here right now and have a second chance at life (third!) with my children. 2020 was the hardest year for us and we can only pray that I do well following the transplant.

Julia’s Life List:

  1. Replace old carpet with nontoxic flooring.
  2. A spa day.

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