Bradley ” Jay” Ford

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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

One Response to “Bradley ” Jay” Ford”

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

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