September of 2007 I had finally had enough. My back had been hurting for a few years, just getting worse- this Dr said this, that one said something else. My primary ordered an MRI after countless CT’s with no answer. Two days later I got a call that I needed to see an oncologist- I had some enlarged lymph nodes. Ok, that scared me a good bit, went to see the oncologist. They did a biopsy and a PET- yup, its non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma – slow growing but EVERYWHERE – like too many nodes involved to even count. But ya know thats not when I started fighting like a girl.
After a few chemos, I could not take the pain I felt all over my body. Somehow this cancer and chemo threw my body into meltdown. The tumor pain was horrid, the vincristine from the chemo was causing nerve and muscle damage. I have fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis so, compounded, I felt like I had been given a life sentence to that firey place below. I had a grandbaby born the following August. When I heard I was going to be a grandma, well, I fought like a girl alright – like a girl angry at the thought of not being here for my grandbaby. I had a reason, a BIG reason…and I was not going to lose this round.
I am now a year in regression, one tumor left but not growing. I can’t do alot due to the loss of muscle and the pain from the nerve issues but I can sure fake it and I do when I need to. I am still fighting like a girl and will for the rest of my life. By the way, losing my hair was SO empowering….I realized through this entire battle that I CAN DO ANYTHING! I hope no one here or reading this ever loses their will to fight!!!!
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