June 1, 2011
It’s official. I have Hodgkin Lymphoma. After three weeks of being scanned and tested, poked with needles and IV’s, knocked out and cut open, and all those types of things, I was more than ready to get the big news yesterday. Basically the hopeful expectations my family and I had that we were crossing our fingers for were accurate. Hodgkin Lymphoma is a type of the cancer common among teens and young adults that begins in cells of the immune system. I am Stage 3, and I will be undergoing chemotherapy for about 6-8 months. If all goes according to plan, I shouldn’t have to have any radiation. I am meeting with my oncologist, Dr. Morgan, today to go over all the details and get all of my questions answered.
I feel light. I feel hopeful. I feel a lot of things right now and all of them are positive. I know my parents feel relieved, too. Just knowing what I have for sure brings me so much peace. I never once in my life thought I would be relieved to hear that I have lymphoma, especially after labeling in my mind as “the worst thing possible” when I went to the health clinic three weeks ago.
I have a lot of decisions I have to make and plans to figure out this summer. I want to get back to my life in Boone, finish school, get married, and start my career but I can come back to all of that later. My priority right now in life is to get better, and I do not want to do anything to hinder or delay my recovery. I’m not excited to start chemo and experience all the things that come with it, but I am looking forward to start destroying this crap!
So thank you over and over for your prayers this far. They are already kicking in 🙂 With God as my rock, I can’t be shaken.
IN A NUTSHELL
- I have Hodgkin Lymphoma, Stage 3
- My treatment will be 6-8 months of chemo
- You guys are all making it very difficult for me to be scared about all of this, so thanks for keeping my spirits up with all of your encouragement and love