Hi and Welcome to my Blog!
I am new at this so please bear with me.
Alright so a bit of background on myself:
I am 24 years old. Last year on January 15th 2016, I was diagnosed with Stage 2A Classical Nodular Sclerosing Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I had 12 cycles of ABVD chemotherapy over 6 months and went into complete remission on August 8th, 2016.
A few weeks before my wedding, on November 4th 2016 I had my first follow up CT scan which showed enlarged lymph nodes in my neck; a PET scan and biopsy later confirmed it: Relapsed Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
After my first diagnosis and treatment plan was set, I hit the internet hard looking for online support groups and went through forums and blogs written by other Hodgkin Lymphoma patients who are going through/have gone through what I was going through. I was comforted by the fact that I was not alone in everything I was experiencing, both physically and emotionally and it gave my otherwise abnormal situation a sense of normalcy. Had it not been for the honesty of the lovely fighters and survivors who took time out to document their experiences, I’m sure I would have found the treatment a lot more difficult to handle.
So naturally after I found out I’d relapsed, I went back online looking for success stories to get an idea (and some hope) of what I’m about to face. While I was able to find a few blogs and memoirs, I couldn’t find enough details on what to expect. Mind you, reading about what one goes through during chemo and ACTUALLY going through it are two entirely different things. Still, I always found it easier to have a sense of what lies ahead. I recently decided to start a blog for this very reason. I plan on documenting every detail, the good and the bad, the physical and emotional struggles that come with cancer and chemotherapy.
Family and friends can be great sources of support but truth be told, no one can ever really know what you are going through other than those who have been there themselves which is another reason for this blog. Cancer and emotional rollercoaster go hand in hand and can be incredibly overwhelming – something only another cancer fighter would understand. My only hope is for my blog to reach someone who is going through this as well and let them know they are not alone.
“When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt