Giving it his A.L.L.
Jordan Bishop shares cancer journey with the world
Talking about his struggle
Jordan had been heading to a low point in his life since completing his cancer treatments a yearand-a-half ago.
“I’ve been kind of struggling with depression,” he explained.
The soft-spoken young man knew he didn’t want to let those feelings dictate his life, so he began to write about his experience with cancer.
“It was kind of a way for me to put things into perspective and maybe help somebody else,” he said.
Jordan posted his first blog entry online March 3, one week before meeting with The Compass. He has published several more since.
Each entry is a milestone Jordan has experienced from when he first got sick. Those who have read it have now learned about the moment he heard he had cancer.
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, or A.L.L., affects the bone marrow and blood. It has a rapid onset, and, as determined by the Mayo Clinic, is more deadly in adults.
“At first it kind of didn’t seem real,” Jordan told The Compass during a recent sit down interview. “Who expects to get cancer at age 18?”
His treatments began at the Janeway Children’s Hospital and
The blog describes raw emotion and real experiences. He has received praise for his ability to write on such a difficult subject. His first two entries were shared over 2,000 times as of last Tuesday.
“I really wasn’t expecting it to be shared that much,” he added. “I have views on the blog from Australia and Sweden.”
Jordan admits it’s not easy to relive the worst days of his life, but feels his story could help others get through the same situation.
“I’d just like people to have an idea what it’s like to go through something like that at that age,” he explained.
He has received a lot of encouragement from friends and family to keep writing.
“They’re really enjoying it, they want to read more,” he noted.
Jordan did begin nursing classes at MUN, but decided it wasn’t for him at this time.
He knows there’s no rush to decide on a career path, and is going to spend some time figuring out what it is he likes and wants to do. He may venture to Alberta where his dad works so he can afford a few luxuries before settling into a career.
So far, the only thing on his list is to do some travelling — backpacking through Europe appeals to him.
Right now, he’s happy to be healthy, to be able to share his story with friends and family and just look forward to whatever the future brings him.
He remembers his journey, the pain, the sickness and everything in between. He used his experiences to help him grow as a person, and now he will help others by sharing his story.
To read Jordan’s blog, visit allmycancer.blogspot.ca.
Many Level III students look forward to the last day of school, making it through their final exams and beginning a more independent life.
For Jordan Bishop, the toughest challenge he has faced in his 23 years began only weeks before he was to take those exams and finish up his last year at Ascension Collegiate.
The then 18-year-old was experiencing symptoms that correlated with the common cold and went to see his doctor.
After sending him for bloodwork, his doctor contacted Jordan and his family within two hours of the tests to let them know something showed up. A couple of days later, a bone marrow biopsy at the Health Sciences Centre determined Jordan had cancer. Rehabilitation Centre. He was transferred there because the disease is primarily a childhood cancer. They were equipped to help him.
“I did three-and-a-half years of chemotherapy,” he said. “I tried to live as normal as possible.”
Both his mom and stepfather work in the medical field, so he had a lot of knowledgeable support around him. But his biggest challenge was just trying to keep moving on with his life.
Jordan Bishop beat cancer, and is now sharing his story through an online blog.