Lymphoma Stories

Nancy’s Fight Like a Girl Story (Follicular Non-Hodgkins Lympoma)


When Your Cancer Comes Back In November 2015, I lost my aunt, who was like a mother to me, from T cell lymphoma. In September 2015, after being 11 months in remission, my follicular non-Hodgkin's lymphoma relapsed extensively. Cancer has been a life altering event that has affected every aspect of my life. I experienced many of the feelings that I had when I was initially diagnosed in May of 2012. Feelings of shock, disbelief, anxiety, fear, anger, grief and a sense of loss of control. Getting a cancer diagnosis for the first time is bad enough. But hearing that it's back can take an even bigger toll. I restarted chemo-immunotherapy on Dec 3, 2015 for a total of 6 cycles until April 2015. I have faith and hope of accomplishing a long remission. I am aware that it’s going to be a long and difficult journey. I trust God, my family, my friends and my wonderful oncology team at UF Health Cancer Center in Orlando, Florida to help me get through this ordeal a second time. As a … [Read more...]

Christine’s Fight Like a Girl Story (Hodgkin’s Lymphoma)

Christine's Story Hodgkins Lymphoma

To begin, I am the 43-year-old mother of a 7-year-old boy, and the only other major medical condition I have faced before was getting my tonsils removed at age 4. I discovered a lump (enlarged lymph node) in my neck around mid-March 2015. I sort of kept note of it, as I had previously had enlarged lymph nodes that doctors had dismissed as my body fighting off an infection, and they told me that it would subside in a month or two. In July, I made an appointment to see my pulmonologist for my mild asthma and to get a check-up since it had been nearly two years since I was last examined. He noted that I had the enlarged lymph node, and he told me that I should absolutely get my primary physician to examine it. I waited another couple of months before actually scheduling to see my primary physician and was examined by him in September. I told him that my symptoms seemed to be more in line with hypothyroidism than anything else. I had gained weight, I was lethargic, and my hair was … [Read more...]

Brittiney’s Fight Like a Girl Story (Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma)

Brittiney's Story Non-Hodgkins lymphoma

My daughter was born in June of 2014. Up until April of 2015, I had lost about 70 lbs. I thought it was because I was breastfeeding, until later that same month when I woke up in the hospital. I was told I'd had a seizure. After getting a test and a biopsy of a swollen lymph node, I was told I had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. I was very sad. I get light headed, have no appetite and I feel faint in the sun. I'm 24, and when you think about cancer, you think about death. I have three kids that need me, and I think that's what keeps me going. I do a chemotherapy treatment every two weeks through an IV. Next week, I go for my 3rd, and I keep all my family and friends updated. I have a long way to go until I'm better, but I'm fighting as hard as I can like a girl. Brittiney Maryland Submitted 09/04/2015 The informational content of this article is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for … [Read more...]

Lisa’s Fight Like a Girl Story (Myasthenia Gravis, Lupus, Cancer)


Hi! My name is Lisa Douthit. I feel like I have been battling disease my whole adult life. I even wrote a book titled Wellness Warrior - Fighting For Life In Fabulous Shoes to talk about some of the lessons I’ve learned along the way and what worked to help me feel better. At 26-years-old, my doctor found a tumor in my heart. During surgery, he found nodes containing Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. After chemo and radiation, I got thyroid cancer. Treatments were rough, but there was an end in sight, so I fought on and beat cancer (insert high-five here). Then came the autoimmune. It was a terrible disease I couldn't even pronounce. Myasthenia Gravis brought me to my knees, but here is what I learned: WE ARE NEVER A VICTIM TO DISEASE. We may have bad days, really bad days, but they are just moments in time. They pass. Our job is to persevere. To fight. And to never give up. Never ever. Through this experience, I've learned how strong I can be. I've also learned more about compassion, … [Read more...]

Brigitte Estelle’s Fight Like a Girl Story (Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma)

Brigittes Story Non Hodgkins

My sister, Diane Gaudreault, is going through hard times living so far away in New Zealand. She shows so much strength when we call her to keep her closer to us! She is a great sister and an even greater human being to want to have around. She is caring, loves life, and loves animals, especially her dogs which she calls her babies!! I have always looked up to her. She has a way of enjoying life to its fullest. She goes to church, cancer meetings, tries to walk her dogs, anything to improve her days! 25 years ago, glioblastoma took our sister Lyne at the age of 28. And 4 years ago, Julie, our sister, was taken from us by brain cancer. So my sister Diane thrives on wanting to live positive and explore the challenges ahead, but in my heart, I empathize with her. I know she is thinking about our sisters during her treatments, and it must be very scary for her. And yet, the sister that I grew up with, watching her dance away with a smile, I can still hear it in her voice, even so far … [Read more...]