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Inspirational Stories


T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

My husband, Justin, was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in June 2021. At the time, he was a healthy, energetic, 33-year-old dad of three. He just completed all treatment in January 2024. We received some funds from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) as well as information and inspiration. Throughout treatment, my husband fought so hard and had very difficult moments. He went into septic shock from a blood infection, had an ICU stay, and had to get both his hips replaced because of an infection that led to bone on bone. He couldn’t walk for months. He had DVT in both legs and then had to stay at a rehabilitation center. After that, he was hospitalized a few times with pneumonia while he finished out treatment. This beautiful man never gave up and fought even harder when he was knocked down. While going through three years of treatment, he still worked toward his PhD. He also wrote a book. He is a middle school teacher, and he wrote the book with the middle school audience in mind, so he could proudly share it with his students. That book is in the final steps of being published. He will have his PhD this summer. I would love for my husband to be featured as a survivor to inspire others in this fight!

Young man with glasses and a pink shirt