Lymphoma Stories

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...]

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


Six years ago my mommy, my ROCK, was diagnosed with pre-stage (nearly unheard of catching this cancer so soon) small cell lung cancer. We weren't really surprised, you can't be when you know it runs in the family and she had been a life long smoker. But we were still devastated, how could you not be. Two months into chemo, I shaved her head for her. She took it like a champ, I silently cried behind her with the buzzers covering my sniffles. I told her I would shave my head with her and she turned around and gave me the "look of death" and said, "No, you won't. I want your promise here and now that you will never cut your hair." I promised her, and I have kept it. August 30, 2012, she passed away. She fought the good fight for five long years. It is incredible seeing that she only had a 23% survival rate from the Oncologist at the Cancer Treatment Center of America in Zion, Illinois. One year and 17 days later, I went to urgent care on a Tuesday evening after work. I had been … [Read more...]

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

Rose's Story (Non-hodgkin's lymphona)

Hello. In 2009, I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. I went through chemo and radiation, which I believe at the time made me sicker than the cancer itself. It was a long hard battle. In June of 2009, my cancer went into remission only to return stronger in September of 2009. Once again the treatments started in January of 2010 and I was sent home on home chemotherapy medications. We thought things were going well until I went to the emergency room with a simple stomach ache that I assumed was the flu. I was admitted to the hospital and after several test later the diagnoses was recurring non-Hodgkin's  lymphoma and my right lung was collapsing from the bottom up. Pulmonary Fibrosis, the nodules from the cancer had attached to an organ including the lungs, brain, and heart to name a couple. At this point nothing can be done. I have beat all their predictions and fought to stay around as along as I can. I have seven grand babies and I just can't stop fighting. I am … [Read more...]

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


My name is Nancy Ruiz. I am a registered nurse and I have non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. It has been a wild ride since the beginning of April 2012. What I thought was a cyst in my right axilla resulted in  an enormous multiple nodules suspicious for cancer. I had multiple sonograms and lab work-up. Sonograms always revealed the term "highly suggestive for malignancy." I was prescribed three weeks of intense antibiotic therapy, hoping that these abnormal nodules were related to a severe infectious process. After three weeks my doctor and radiologist determined that finally I needed a PET scan to determine if there was a malignant process in my body. On May 4, 2012. a PET/CT was done. I remember looking at my primary care doctor in her eyes with my hand's held in hers asking me, "How do I tell this to a nurse?" She continued, "Be kind to yourself. It’s a hard thing and not something you expected to have happen. You really need to rely on your family and friends. Be honest with them about your … [Read more...]