My story is much like many others. Late in 2018, I felt like I had the flu (fever, night sweats). I missed how much weight I had lost and although the fevers went away, in early 2019 they came back sporadically. I was so tired all the time and felt generally run down. I kept pushing it thinking it was no more than being tired with life happenings. When I finally had my blood work done in March it showed anemia plus I’m sure some telling things to the doctor. When my chest started to hurt and my doctor sent me for an X-ray, the start of a journey began. I had Hodgkins Lymphoma stage 4. Still the prognosis was good they told me, although at the time my world stopped. How do you get through this? What do you tell the kids? All the what if’s. After one treatment, my chest stopped hurting. 6 rounds of chemotherapy was not pleasant but the doctors, nurses and all of the staff in Hematology were fantastic. When I was feeling good which was more time than I was not, I got to slow down and enjoy the days at home. Oh how I missed work though. I was happy to return the next January. Although still a few bumps in the road, my latest PET scan showed only scar tissue. I was finally able to breath again.
I walk as a survivor!