The first time I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma was the summer after I graduated from college, I was 23. I had been running a low fever the whole summer and then a week before my birthday (August 5th is my birthday) the doctors did a lymph node biopsy and found the cancer. By the week after my birthday I had already received the fist of 12 ABVD chemo treatments. I was considered in remission January of 2015. In the couple years following I got shingles. I also had a major sinus surgery to get rid of the chronic sinus infections I had been having since I started the chemo treatments.
In the middle of July 2018, when I was 27, after running 104 degree fevers since June, I was diagnosed with Recurrent Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I was supposed to be admitted to the hospital for 4 days to receive two ICE chemo treatments….this turned into two months in the hospital. I had a lack of brain function that caused days of memory loss and an inability to communicate. I also got some of the worst mucositis the doctors had seen from my gums all the way to the end of my esophagus. I couldn’t eat or speak for weeks and had a peg tube put in for nourishment. After several months of Opdivo treatments, I finally healed and got rid of my fevers. In January I checked into CBCI and St. Luke’s in Denver for an autologous stem cell transplant which happened on January 24th. Now I just need to recover and keep pressing on in life.