A.S. Face 1487: Bradley “Jay” Ford

Face 1487

Hello:  My mom is sending this entry in for me posthumously.   My name is Bradley Ford, but my friends and family called me Jay.  I started suffering from A.S. when I was 18 years old.  I had Leukemia for the first time at age 7.  After an almost 8-year remission, Leukemia struck me again when I was almost 18, in 2009.  My mom has A.S., and she and I both had the same symptoms of the lower back and hip pain.  Going through A.S. and Leukemia together was pretty rough, especially since I had so many complications and had to stay in bed for long periods of time during cancer treatment.  I made it through my second bout of Leukemia when I was 20 years old, but then the Leukemia returned with a vengeance in 2013, along with my A.S. symptoms.  I was given three months to live because a bone marrow transplant was out of the question since chemotherapy stopped working.  All through these difficult times, I stayed as positive as I could, despite the pain from A.S. and Leukemia.  I passed away on July 13, 2013,at the age of 21.

Michigan, United States of America

12 Responses to “A.S. Face 1487: Bradley “Jay” Ford”

  1. Dear Stephanie,
    Thank you for the honor of sharing Bradley’s story.
    Sincerely Cookie

  2. Thank you for sharing.

  3. So sorry for your loss…

  4. What a brave young man! Sharing your son’s story helps me to remain positive about my life with AS. Having a mild version of AS, it is important for me to be constantly reminded that other people (like your son) had to go through adversities and pain that are much more significant than mine. It reminds me to be grateful for being able to live a normal life, even with my disease.

  5. may he suffer no more. God bless him

  6. RIP Jay. Thank you for sharing your story. No one deserves what you must have lived with. Now you are free.

    • Thank you, Sally Ann: Jay is free now. I still miss him so very much! Stephania, Face #445

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