My name is Stuart Croall. I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where I work hard to be a loving partner and a caring father. My formal studies have included creative writing, public administration, political studies and, briefly, environmental design. My informal studies have been much more varied.
In 2001 I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). I was treated and was in remission for seven and half years until I relapsed in January, 2009. I was treated again, and had an allogeneic stem cell transplant in May, 2009. My experience with cancer plays a significant role in how I see the world and what I write about, not least because my last illness left me with a permanent visual impairment, persistent physical and mental fatigue, and other cognitive deficits.
Beyond the ensuring the welfare of my family, what motivates me to wake up every day is the dream that, through the persistent effort of intelligent, caring and generous people, we can transform the world from a place of scarcity, suspicion and hostility, to one of abundance, generosity and empathy.
About Without Leukemia
I have been blogging at Without Leukemia, on various platforms, since 2006. I started the blog thinking I would explore the experience of surviving and moving on after leukemia, but it has become much more than that. Now it serves as my general-purpose platform for exploring ideas, sorting out my head, and looking for answers.