Every cancer survivor’s story is beautiful, and this one is mine.
My joy in life is being the wife of a fireman for 23 years, a mom of 3 kids who are all active-duty military members (1 ARMY, 2 MARINES), and a full-time ER Nurse.
In 2017, after several attempts at a biopsy of a tumor in my face, I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
I’m not a girl who takes a step back and watches the world pass by. Immediately after my local doctor told me that I would have a long road ahead, I called my mom (who has been my rock!), I put on my boxing gloves, and I entered the ring.
I reached out to Stanford Medicine and was graciously accepted as a patient by Dr. Ronald Levy who is the head of the Lymphoma department. Dr. Levy is also the man who invented the immunotherapy drug Rituxan™ that is well-known in the cancer world! I am humbled by the excellent care and treatment that I have received, and although they are not able to “cure” my Lymphoma, my quality of life is excellent and unchanged.
My ability to fight this cancer through immunotherapy, close observation, continued daily research, and ongoing clinical trials gives me the strength and hope that one day I too will have a cure.
Until then, I fight like a girl!
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.