"I’ve been a Path user for over two years, with over 3000 moments. I’ve shared many happy and not so happy moments with my inner circle over that time. On December 24, 2012, I was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukaemia (AML). The doctors said I was days away from death. It was a shock to me, especially considering 3-4 weeks earlier my wife and I were celebrating the news of our first pregnancy. Not the best timing. I had two induction chemotherapy treatments, one a fail and one much stronger round achieving temporary remission. I spent a total of 65 days in hospital. During that time my brother, John, documented moments of what I was going through on Path - the treatments, what I got up to (sleeping mostly), the visitors, and of course the hospital food. He set these as private moments so I could look over them after.
The path to recovery is not yet complete and hasn’t come without more challenges. A hematoma on my brain caused a seizure and required 10 radiotherapy sessions, and I had a relapse at the end of May. Now I’m hoping an experimental drug will put me into remission so I can move forward with a bone marrow transplant. Unfortunately, nothing is certain, and all we can do is hope.
I’ve since taken back to using my Path to share with my closest friends day-to-day, highlights and lowlights, and general inane things I come across. I also use my Path to collect personal private thoughts, almost like a diary, in order to remember how I’ve been feeling throughout this challenge. Over the past 6-7 months, it hasn’t been all gloom and doom. I’ve been able to document the progress of our unborn baby (3 weeks to go!), short trips out of the city away from the monotony of hospital life, treatments and transfusions, and continue with my penchant for photographing obscure things.
Someday, not far from today, I hope to look back on it all as faraway memories, healthy and happy, with my son or daughter by my side.” -Philip, Toronto