Lymphoma Stories

Janae’s Fight Like a Girl Story (Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Uterine Cancer)


This is my story. When I was twenty-years-old, I was in a car accident and was taken to the hospital by ambulance. At the time, one of the staff members took an x-ray of my chest. There was really no reason for her to do so, because I had no pain there from the accident. I was glad she did. She found a football-sized mass in my chest, which three days later, was found to be Hodgkin's lymphoma. I did all the not-so-fun cancer treatments. I lost my hair, gave up most of the things I was doing, and got sick. Despite the hard times, I did what I had to do and conquered the beast. As the years went by, I got on with my life. I did some things just for me. I got married and adopted two wonderful kids and began raising them. Cancer was behind me. Twenty three years after that day of diagnosis, my life changed. Although this was not what I first wanted to do, my husband and I decided to separate. I was now faced with the challenge of being a single mother and felt pretty prepared to … [Read more...]

Lisa’s Fight Like a Girl Story (Stage 4B Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Stage 2B Bone Cancer, Stage 2B Leukemia)


Hello, my name is Lisa. I guess I should start at the beginning. In July, 2013, I found out my husband was cheating, so I took my children and left. I started what, at the time, I thought was the hardest fight of my life--divorce and custody battle. Little did I know that God had another test for me. In October of 2013, I started getting really tired and generally run down. I attributed that to the stress I was under. My bones were also hurting really bad, and I was losing weight and vomiting every time I ate. I attributed all that to the lap band I had placed and figured it was just malnutrition. Then came the uncontrollable cough and extreme night sweats, where the bed became as soaked as I was. Again, I thought the cough was bronchitis because I am a healthcare professional and treat people with respiratory illnesses, and Web MD told me I was going through perimenopause. Through the holidays, the cough didn't get any better, and the sweats were now lasting through the day. I went … [Read more...]

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)


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)


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...]