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Rob Henslin, 26 at the time, battled and survived Leukemia with his newlywed wife by his side. He describes his three-year battle and life on the other side of treatment in the cancer-free years that followed. After a nearly twenty-year slumber, his leukemia returned. Rob draws readers in with vivid descriptions of the upheaval and torment that ensued, including a bone marrow transplant and adjusting to a life filled with many harsh new realities. His humorous writing style allows readers to laugh and smile while Rob also shares openly and honestly about his struggles with medical treatments, faith, fears, and demons from his past. But I Was in Such a Good Mood This Morning offers cancer patients and the loved ones that care for them valuable insights into the cancer journey Rob and his wife and family traveled. This book invites readers to revel as Rob did in the many miracles and blessings that came even in the darkest days.
In 1989, just six months after marrying his young bride, Rob Henslin was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. He and his wife were thrust into the world of cancer, and they watched their hopes and dreams shatter in an instant. At twenty-six years of age, Rob was told by doctors at the City of Hope National Medical Center that his prognosis was poor. But after nearly a year and a half of intensive chemotherapy, brain radiation, bone marrow biopsies and countless other procedures, he emerged on the other side of his disease, in remission and thankful for the blessing of each new day. Rob was given a second chance at life. He began to entertain thoughts that perhaps he was out of the woods, that the cancer monkey asleep on his back might not ever awaken from his long slumber. But the monkey did wake up. After nearly twenty years in remission, Rob's Leukemia returned. On October 20, 2008 he learned the grim news and was told he would need a bone marrow transplant to have any chance of long-term survival. Following several months of chemotherapy and a series of spinal taps, Rob received his bone marrow transplant on February 10, 2009 at Stanford University Hospital. After 48 days in isolation he was discharged to begin a long road to recovery. Rob faced numerous setbacks and complications in that journey, but after two and half years, he is thankful to be alive, and to have the opportunity to return to some semblance of a normal life. But Rob will never be the same. He spent the better part of his professional career working in the graphic arts, publishing, and marketing communications fields. His work has garnered numerous industry awards, including Silver Six Awards of Excellence from the International Association of Business Communicators, a Citation of Excellence from the American Advertising Federation, and Joey awards from the San Jose Film and Video Commission. He still has a passion for his craft, but after his cancer odyssey, finds himself drawn to pay it forward-to do everything he can to help other cancer patients and those in need of a bone marrow transplant. Rob volunteers his time to assist the Be The Match National Marrow Registry (www.marrow.org) registering potential donors at drive events and speaking on behalf of the organization as well. For more information, visit www.post-traumaticpress.com.