Who am I?

Wow. In the past twenty-four hours, readership of this blog has jumped 250% to over 15,000 unique visitors. That's so crazy. I have been receiving messages of support from all over the globe, as well as people wanting to share their similar stories with me.

This leads me to a slight change in the blog. Originally, I started writing to allow friends and family to track my progress without having to worry about what to say, how to act or even feel like they are being a nuisance. Seeing as I now have such a wide audience, I want to use this space to spread awareness while simultaneously sharing my journey. But first, it seems like introductions are in order.


My name is Joshua, and I'm dying. Dying to introduce myself! Too far? Sorry. I'm 22 and I live in London, UK. I was born here and although I may have moved around for my studies, it is the only place I truly call home.

Like anybody else, I went through primary school and finished secondary school. Nobody wants too much info here because it's dull. Trust me, it is. Anyway, I finished secondary school with 14 GCSEs and 3 A-Levels, then embarked on my journey to university. I wound up at the University of York where I studied Chemistry. Three years of my life were spent in that wonderful Northern city with some of the best people a boy could ever meet.

No showers this week then...
My next leap took me to Spain where I carried out my Master in Chemistry. There's an expression - it cost me a lot of blood, sweat and tears. But it's wrong. In Seville, it was often reaching highs of 40 degrees Celsius, so that year cost me a lot of sweat, sweat and sweat. And again I should mention the amazing people that made it such an unforgettable experience.

Christmas in Seville.
I graduated in July 2013 and had to start being an adult. I found an office job back in London, and cracked on with that. Soon after, I was beginning to feel like there was something wrong with me. This led me to see hospital specialists and ultimately receive my diagnosis. And that leads me to right now.

Today is day three after chemotherapy and generally I have been feeling quite well. My knees are achey, my head is heavy and my mind is unfocused, but they're manageable symptoms. I'll keep you all in the loop of course.

Ooh! I haven't opened my advent calendar for today. Byeeeeeeee.

Joshua Lerner

Hi! I’m the 'star' of Livin' With Lymphoma. The blog was founded on the 31st October 2013, on the day I was diagnosed with Stage 4B Hodgkin's lymphoma. I hope you find it funny and informative.

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  1. Hi Josh, you blog is amazing and I'm hooked. Keep it up and best of luck for your chemo and recovery. Naomi (Friend of Russ and Roo) x

  2. Hi Josh
    Hope you come through this. My Brother is going through Kemo for myloma. After 3 sessions he is still working, but getting very tired and irritable. So chin up and we are all with you and your family.
    Don (47Maynard)

  3. Hi Josh, you blog is great and is a brilliant way of raising awareness of this horrid disease. Wishing you all the luck in the world with the treatment and recovery. Nic (friend of Nicole)

  4. Hi Josh, about time you had a decent haircut you hippy. Hey bro, im thinking of you here in New Zealand and sending heaps of positave vibes your way. Be strong and kick its arse. Shaun.

  5. Hi Josh, Hope all the treatment is a fantastic success and you can once again travel the world.

  6. Hi Josh, maybe 3rd time lucky with the post? This time I'm trying it from the computer and not the phone or the I pad- Hopefully it will work!? Just to say we are thinking of you, keep smiling! Positive attitude is everything! And well done for producing this blog it's amazing that you have created such a following! Love JoDee xx