My Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Story

It began with headaches. I had them for an entire week and they seemed to get worse. By week's end, I called a friend and asked her to bring me to the local ER. A CAT scan showed a brain tumor and before I knew what was happening, I was whisked by ambulance to a larger hospital. I received an MRI and a diagnosis of having 2 brain tumors, one on each side of my head. Surgery was scheduled for 2 days later and then the diagnosis of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, aka Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma.

This all happened a week before Christmas... my biggest gift was being sent home after surgery to spend the holiday with family before the start-up of 8 months of chemo. It's been quite a ride since then but I'm thrilled to say that I am now 8 months out post-chemo "with no emerging signs of cancer". The best news ever! I continue to receive MRIs every 3 months and the fatigue comes and goes but throughout it all, I am alive and have a lot more living to do. Best of all, my family lives in the same town as I do which puts my mind at ease. I am grateful.

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