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PET Scan...All Clear
I got my post-chemo PET scan October 16th! The scan came back negative! It’s time to begin a new chapter in life. Although I am taking the steps to move on, I know that it isn’t going to be easy. It will take a lot of work and time to deal with the worries that will come every now and then. All I can hope for is that this will slowly fade into the background as I move on with my life....
heavenly--delights asked: everybody how you can actually live and fight cancer is extremely admirable! Best wishes from Cathrine in Denmark.
fgoogleimaskingalexandria asked: hey my name is Joe im 19, i hardly use tumblr but i too was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma. Its really nice to see a blog like this, it truely does help out! im on hopefully my last week of radiation, fingers crossed! i wish you the best of luck and hopefully we both can beat this!
mrschristman asked: My husband has two lumps in his neck, he went to the doctor and had an ultrasound done of them and was even going to have a biopsy done on them after the ultrasound, and then the surgeon came back and said they're "just lymphnodes". Well the thing is, they never go away! They haven't changed in size but they're ALWAYS there. This was well over a year ago and he is fine...
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I’ve been feeling like I’m in some sort of weird limbo lately for two reasons. The first reason is that I’m stuck between now and my big PET scan October 15th. This PET scan will be so important. It will be even more accurate than the previous ones I’ve had and it will be the one that will give me the “all clear” so to say. Even though my oncologist feels...
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I can’t believe that my last round of chemotherapy is 4 days away. It’s surreal. It’s been a long 5 months and I’m ready to put all of this behind me and move on with my life. I know that this experience is far from over considering the fact that I’ll still need to check in constantly with my oncologist and have routine blood tests and pet scans every so often. Not to...
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If there’s a day I can’t wait for it’s a day that I don’t think about Hodgkin’s Lymphoma once. I can’t wait for a time when this disease won’t consume most of my thoughts! I know that time is coming. I know that I am nearing the end of my treatment, but it all seems so surreal. This has been my life for almost 6 months now: A week of not feeling great in...
A month after I began my treatment I remember checking out a website that Mass General had suggested. It was a support site for Leukemia & Lymphoma patients and survivors. On one of the message boards I noticed a blog titled “A Mother’s Tale”. I clicked on it and read a story about a woman named Susan and her son’s battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Even though the...
Conditioning For The Walk: 2 Mile Style
With the “Light The Night Walk” quickly approaching I’ve come to the realization that I’m not just out of shape. I’m really, really out of shape. The walk is only a few miles long, but I’m definitely going to need to prepare for it! So today I set out with my trusty pedometer (love that thing) and took a walk…nothing too crazy, just a walk. My first...
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Seeing The Light!
Words cannot explain how good it feels to regain your energy back after chemo. It’s so depressing laying around in bed for days not able to really get into anything…Not even reading or watching shows and it’s not like you can just sleep the day away either. There are constant alarms going off reminding me to take my pills throughout the day. Every other Tuesday-Saturday is...
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fightlikeagirlaa: So my dear friend has had quite the journey with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and though we have different illnesses and have gone through different things i feel like we relate on so many levels. we can really talk about medical stuff with each other and i hope i give her all the support she needs and help…
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You run through my veins killing the good and the bad, What you do to my body makes me happy AND sad, I’m glad that you’re working and doing your job, But it’s frustrating that it’s a whole week that you rob, Days of laying in bed not wanting to move, Every day tasks? Not going so smooth. Feeling fatigued is what I hate most, Nothing tastes good, I’ll stick to...
Doctor's Appointment Update
My doctor’s appointment went well today! My oncologist didn’t notice a size increase with the lump and he reassured me on a couple of different things I had been hung up on. He said that even though the lump is small the PET scan still most likely would have detected if it were cancerous. He also said that if it were cancerous there would most likely be other lymph nodes acting up and...
So a few weeks ago I noticed that I had a small lump in my neck and naturally started to freak out about it. I noticed it on a Saturday. Miraculously I was able to hold off on tracking down a doctor until my chemo appointment the following Tuesday. When I went in for chemo I had my oncology nurse check it out. She said it felt like the size of a pea and most importantly it didn’t feel like...
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What IS In Your Control
One of the feelings I really dislike about this whole ordeal is feeling out of control. It’s so nerve-racking to think that a lot of the time your well-being lies in the hands of people other than yourself: oncologists, chemo nurses. Don’t get me wrong I absolutely love my oncologist and most of the chemo nurses, but it definitely takes time to get used to trusting them. When I have a...
This Too Shall Pass
It’s been 4 months since I was first diagnosed. Lately I’ve been feeling like I’m stuck in some weird dream that will never end, but in retrospect the 4 months has really gone by pretty quickly. These past 4 months have been the biggest learning experience of my life. When your life changes so drastically you’re forced to adapt. This is something I never thought I’d...
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Things I am Thankful For
Today was my first day of being “back” so to say from the nightmarish state of discomfort I’ve been in since chemo last Tuesday. Although I wasn’t 100% today, I definitely felt better than I have in days and for that I am very thankful! Here is a list of the little things that I am thankful for when I start to feel better. I am thankful for: ~The ability to stay awake for...
A Pleasant Day & Prayer
Today was a pleasant surprise. Usually on days that I have chemo I come home afterwards, take a nap & mentally prepare for the next 4 days of not feeling like myself and being extremely fatigued. Today was different! My chemo was scheduled for 2:00PM instead of 10:00AM leaving me with some time earlier in the day. My mum, sister & I decided to go see “Magic Mike” which was...
Blood Work, Pre-Chemo Visit & Magic Mike
Yesterday I had blood work done/a pre-chemo visit. No biggie, just standard stuff. I had one of my favorite phlebotomists this time. She once said that seeing me here at the cancer center at my age hits home for her because she has a son who is 21 also. She’s always very warm and asks me how my treatment is going. I can tell she’s a very compassionate person, I like her a lot. Today we...
Green smoothies are said to have amazing health benefits. I’m currently reading a book called “Green for Life” by Victoria Boutenko. In her book she describes why greens are so essential to health. She also mentions a study involving green smoothies and a list of questions answered by participants are included regarding changes in the body noticed when drinking the smoothies...
The Glass Is Half Full
I feel like right now I am approaching a new stage in the game. These past three months have at times felt like they were never going to end, but at other times seemed to have really escaped me. I have completed 6 rounds of chemo and now I have 6 more to go. I’m so glad to be half way through, but sometimes it still gets me down. It will still be another 3 months ofthis.This,as in...