My name is Jillian Procope. On May 19th, 2015 I finished the very last final exam (!!!) of my freshman year of college and headed home, ready to begin a summer full of vacations and two great employment opportunities. Two weeks later, at 19 years old I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia – or AML. So instead of fun in the sun, I began treatment at the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Oncology Center.
To this date I have completed three full rounds of chemotherapy, and underwent a bone marrow transplant in the hopes of giving me my best chance at remission. Although there have been posts on my behalf regarding my progress on various social media sites, I chose to start my own blog after the bone marrow transplant as an outlet for my personal thoughts on some of my experiences throughout my treatment (plus I’m always much wittier after the fact).
Close clinical monitoring lasts for at least two years post-transplant, so who knows how long this sucker will continue. Don’t feel obligated to stalk me for two years. I mean it. But, if you read anything at all I appreciate it — even if I’m left rambling to myself come 2017. It happens, ask my roommate.
So please, bear with me while I piece together the events of what was SUPPOSED to be my sophomore year.
P.S. All blog posts can be found under the tab “F#ck Cancer.”
Interested in becoming a bone marrow donor? You can take the first step to save a life by joining the Be The Match Registry! Join online at https://join.bethematch.org/Swab4Jillian