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

Crystal's Story (Hodgkin's Lymphoma) LRI’ve been through a lot in my life. I grew up with an alcoholic mother that in October of 2008 committed suicide and passed away. Yeah, we might not have gotten along as well as much as I would have liked us to, but it was still the hardest thing I have ever gone through.

In November 2009, I thought that things were going to start to get better in my life – I married the man of my dreams!! The day of the wedding I was sicker then a dog – had no idea why. During the whole wedding, I had a 104.3 fever but the show must go on, I said.

A week later we went on our honeymoon. I was better by then, by the way. We got to Aruba and 3 days later got sent back to America because I had my hair braided and had a allergic reaction to something they put in my hair and the hospital in Aruba couldn’t do anything to help me. By the time I got back to NJ the doctor in the hospital said it was good we came back because my throat was beginning to close. Apparently, I’ve had it rough my whole life.

THEN, in December 2010 I had gone to my pcp for not being able to eat, always being dizzy, and losing a lot of weight. She felt my glands and sent me for a ct scan and labs cause she felt a mass in my neck. She thought nothing of it and said it was probably just from having a cold. I didn’t mess around with getting the labs and ct scan and as soon as the results came in I got the news – I’m a 22 year old with stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma. I called Sloan Kettering and got the first appointment they had.  I was very scared as I didn’t know anything about this cancer. I only knew that stage 4 is mostly death’s door step.

My oncologist laid out the plan for me. I had to get to a fertility doctor and freeze my eggs just in case I can not have babies – just what I wanted to hear. I went and had all of that done and the next day, after having my eggs retrieved, I started my chemo treatments – 12 treatments of ABVD every other week for 24 weeks.  I really didnt get sick from it which is good. After my 2nd treatment, I had a PET scan and almost all of my cancer was gone!  Thank goodness. We continued all of the treatments and I finished my chemo on August 18th and am cancer free. My next check up is December 6th.  Wish me luck.

New Jersey
Submitted 10-5-11

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  1. Jackie

    Dec 17, 2012 , I will be five years free of Cancer. I had Hodgkins Lymphoma as well. I am so glad you were not sick from the ABVD I was so sick and it was painful. I went through radiation as well. It was not an easy fight but it is all worth it in the end. It has made me a much stronger person and positive person. I wish you the best of luck and remember this ” which does not kill us, makes us stronger” you will be fine:)

  2. robin mcgraw

    Jackie, my you have been thru alot. JESUS sure does have you in his arms. Glad your a survivor Stay strong You will fine. Stay positive!

    • Jackie

      Thank you so much!! Positive is all we can be!

  3. Criss

    Jackie I just want to say there is power in prayers and your story has touched my heart. I will add you to my daily prayers and I will look forward to hearing greater things happening for you. I commend you for being such a strong woman and staying as positive as you can!!!!

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