I was rushed to the hospital, and the CTA (computed tomography angiography) of my chest showed multiple [abnormal] lymph nodes everywhere.
After a biopsy, I saw my first oncologist. He told me it was Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma-Stage 4 and put me on a watch and wait regimen.
After 6 months of feeling weaker and not right, I obtained a second opinion and received another biopsy and PET scan. It turns out my spleen was ready to burst, and I had enlarged nodes from my neck to my groin. The worst was mostly around my aorta which is what had caused me to pass out.
As immunotherapy, I started on weekly treatments of Rituxan for 3 months. After the treatments, a new PET scan showed complete remission.
I will have my last dose of consolidation treatment on June 5, 2019, and then a repeat PET scan 3 weeks later. I can say it was a miracle that this was found, and I feel so blessed to be alive today. I no longer sweat the small stuff and live every day to the fullest.
This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.