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John's Story

John Routely was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in 1999

Our daughter was born just nine months prior to my diagnosis. She is our first and only daughter. I was going to Capilano College in North Vancouver taking the Registered Care Aid Program. I only had my practicum left. I was very active hiking and exploring around North Vancouver. I just became a Christian and was very involved with my new church family. I was thoroughly blessed: enjoying being a new father and feeling on top of the world. My wife and I were excited about starting a family and were planning our future with no idea that I would shortly be diagnosed with such a serious, life-threatening illness.

When I was 31, I was diagnosed in December 1999 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), Philadelphia chromosome positive. I felt disbelief at first, then scared; everything was happening so fast. I went to Emergency with jaundice one evening and was told my blood work was “wonky”. The WBC was significantly elevated, and the next day I had to have a bone marrow biopsy that confirmed acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Then the following day chemotherapy was started. My parents rushed down from Smithers. I cannot even begin to describe the shock our family was in after learning I had such an aggressive leukemia. Family and friends were contacted and began supporting and praying for us....

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