"Path has been an incredible tool throughout my battle with bone cancer. It acts as my diary, my timetable, and the means through which I write little love notes to my fiancée when the moment strikes. I share with only two people on Path – my fiancée, Kathleen, and my business partner and best friend, Scott.
I use Path with Scott partially as a practical tool. With my vision impaired, driving is not an option, so I’ll use Path to let Scott know when to pick me up from the hospital. With Kathleen, Path is our means of daily communication. For us, text messaging feels like more of a transaction, merely a way of sending someone information. On the other hand, Path is more personal, more permanent. I’m usually at home or in the hospital, and Kathleen works as a teacher. She’ll leave each morning and say, “Make sure you Path me today!” She’ll share her day at school and photos of our horse, Noah, when she goes riding at the barn. On the weekends, I’ll make pancakes and take a photo because the first thing Kathleen does in the morning is open Path to “wake up.” She’ll see the picture and know to come downstairs for breakfast.
Posting updates throughout the day reassures both Scott and Kathleen that I’m okay. During nights in the hospital, I’ll use Path to tell Kathleen how much I love her. I’ll also use it to chronicle the darker moments there. Now on the road to recovery, scrolling through Path is a quick, easy way to remind myself that no matter how badly I once felt, I’ve survived.
I love Path because unlike other networks, Path recognizes that it’s the quality of your relationships that matters. The outpouring of support and kindness my loved ones have shown me throughout this journey has gotten me through it. It also made me understand how little control we have. You know those log water rides you went on as a kid? Cancer feels like the longest log ride on earth. I suppose my main intent in sharing my story is to encourage others to appreciate the ones you love with the time you have, and Path is a way I accomplish this.” –Jason, Los Angeles
Now thankfully in remission, Jason owes his life to an anonymous 24-year-old female bone marrow donor, who committed what he calls a “completely selfless act, for which she will never receive any payment.” The National Bone Marrow Registry is in desperate need of such acts. To save a life, visit http://marrow.org/Home.aspx