About This Blog

Hi, my name is Justin Ozuna.

In January of 2006, at the age of 24, I was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia. Despite having a blog platform, I never explored the feelings of being a young adult living with a relatively incurable form of cancer. A few weeks after my 29th birthday, I was informed that my leukemia cells had a t315i mutation – the most difficult mutation to overcome. At the time, no FDA-approved medication was available to effectively treat my leukemia. My only hope to avoid a bone marrow transplant was a clinical trial drug called Ponatinib. That event changed my life and inspired me to share my story.

This blog is an imperfect attempt to capture the undefined moments of a young adult living with leukemia. I’ll finally explore feelings that I once ignored, pushed away, or pretended didn’t exist. I’ll share thoughts and ideas not found in cancer pamphlets and rediscover what it is to finally accept a “new normal.” Having dropped out of school on three separate occasions due to my health, I’ll also document the adversity of pursuing my dreams for the fourth time.

I married my best friend, Katie, in October of 2013. I work in Public Relations/Communications for Oncor, Texas’ largest regulated electric  utility company and sixth largest in the nation. I’m currently an Emerging Media and Communications major at the University of Texas at Dallas.

This is my life. 

 

 

  • Rhonda

    Just found your blog as I was looking for more CML info. I was diagnosed 19 1/2 yrs ago before all of these amazing new drugs. Having some minor issues and have been on Sprycel for the past 6 yrs. Was in the original clinical trial for Gleevec in 2000. Did 6 years of interferon prior to that and Gleevec was a very welcome relief!! Looking forward to following your adventures.

    • Justin Ozuna

      Wow, I’m so thankful that you were able to navigate the CML journey prior to the incredible options we have now. Thank you for sharing, Rhonda. My best to you and your journey! I look forward to hearing from you more in the future.

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