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

Hodgkin's Lymphoma StoryThere is a light at the end of the tunnel!

In 2007 I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Cancer, 6 mos after my ex-husband and I were getting a divorce. I felt my life was upside down. In the midst of this I had a sweet angel my daughter, Taelor. She is so amazing. She was 5 when I was diagnosed. I didn’t quite understand it. I felt like I wasn’t in my body. I felt numb, angry, and, of course, I had to ask myself, WHY ME!

I was stage 2. I had to get a port put in. Then I started this CHEMO which was EVIL!! ABVD was the drug. I lost all my hair, gained 40 lbs, and was in so much pain. I wanted to die and not fight anymore. I would take pain meds and they didn’t touch it. My daughter would crawl into bed with me and read. I was lethargic. She would just rub my face and say “mommy, please tell God to make you better”. I would cry. I didn’t want to give up on her so I kept fighting! My biggest problem was I had no control over my life but I knew it was just temporary. The pain and loss of hair was temporary and I had to just keep going.

My parents were amazing and helped me with Taelor and helped me not lose control and give up. It would be so easy when you were in pain. I’m so grateful for my family and friends. All you can do is remember it’s temporary and stay positive. I wish all of you the best of luck!

Keep Fighting and stay strong!!

Jackie
Florida
Submitted 4-17-2012

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 professional healthcare advice.

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