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In June 2009, Andrew Griffith’s life turned upside down with his diagnosis of mantle cell lymphoma, an aggressive and incurable form of lymphoma. Join Andrew through his treatment, recovery, relapse and further treatment over a three year period, as he is faced with numerous physical, emotional and relationship challenges.

This book recounts one man’s experience, reactions and reflections on how he comes to terms with his fate, and how he realizes that his disease, while about him, is also about how we all react and support one another during times of need.

As a husband, father of two young adult children and former senior civil servant, Andrew was healthy and active prior to his diagnosis in his early fifties.

This is a story of appreciation for the bigger and smaller things in life; of reflection, and on how not to take life for granted. Andrew’s thoughts on living, faith, support, creating meaning and working with others are complemented by his observations on the wide range of books, films and music that accompany him on his journey.

Of interest to those living with cancer, those close to them, or those who wonder "what if", as well as health professionals wishing to gain a better understanding of the patient experience.

Andrew has contributed to MD Anderson’s Cancerwise, KevinMD and the Cancer Knowledge Network.

Fifty percent of author proceeds will go to the Ottawa Hospital Foundation, in gratitude for Andrew’s treatment by the Blood and Marrow Transplant Team.

Andrew blogs at My Lymphoma Journey and tweets at @LymphomaJourney.

Table of Contents:
1.   Introduction
2.   Practical Tips
3.   Navigating Healthcare
4.   Support: A Compact
5.   The Journey Begins
6.   Transplant and Beyond
7.   Dualities
8.   Faith
9.   Lessons
10. Relapse
11. Transplant: Day 0 to 30
12. Graft vs. Host Disease: Day 31 to 100
13. Recovery: Month 3 to 6
14. Getting on: Month 6 to 9
15. The Home Stretch: Month 9 on
16. What We Call Ourselves
17. Letting Go and Accepting
18. Living with Cancer

 
 
 
 

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