Bradley ” Jay” Ford
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