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Cancer and Blood Disorder Experiences

Cancer and Blood Disorder Experiences

  • I'm Anastasia, and I'm living with Lymphoma, Hodgkin's

    Planning for the future

    Planning for after treatment
    Added Aug 5, 2009

    I am currently enrolled to begin the Music Therapy graduate program at Florida State University in January 2010. I have applied for a cancer scholarship. My plan is to stay in remission, attend school, and live a beautiful life! I would also possibly like to take a trip to NYC to see my sister and some friends this fall. Also, possibly, I would …

  • I'm Anastasia, and I'm living with Lymphoma, Hodgkin's

    Paying for treatment

    Paying for treatment
    Added Aug 5, 2009

    I am very, very grateful to say that I have awesome parents who happen to have good insurance! I don’t know what I would do without them! I may only be on their plan until the end of the year, when we will have to figure something else out. The bottom line here is I am very, very lucky and blessed to not have to deal with the financial aspects o…

  • I'm Anastasia, and I'm living with Lymphoma, Hodgkin's

    Living with cancer

    Living with cancer
    Added Aug 5, 2009

    One thing about my perspective that has changed as I go through this experience, is I realize what a blessing it is to be healthy. How blessed I have been, how much I took for granted, and how stubborn I was/am with life! God gives me so much and so generously, yet it was hard for me not to be jealous, want more, or want something else. I am gla…

  • I'm Anastasia, and I'm living with Lymphoma, Hodgkin's

    Going through treatment

    Going through treatment
    Added Aug 5, 2009

    The most difficult thing for me about going through treatment has been the feeling of disruption and uncertainty. It feels like my life has been put on pause on a spot that is not particularly pleasant and comfortable. That has been challenging. I don’t enjoy the feeling of the toxic chemicals in my body and as I mentioned earlier, I struggle wi…

  • I'm Anastasia, and I'm living with Lymphoma, Hodgkin's

    Evaluating treatment options

    Evaluating treatment options
    Added Aug 5, 2009

    The first research I did was to read up on Hodgkin’s Lymphoma online. The treatment for the type and stage of my cancer is pretty standard, so there was not a difficult decision to be made regarding the first step: six cycles of ABVD. However, there is a decision coming up that is going to be a bit tricky. With tumors as large as mine (with one …

  • I'm Anastasia, and I'm living with Lymphoma, Hodgkin's

    Telling family & friends

    Telling family & friends
    Added Aug 5, 2009

    As I mentioned earlier, when I first learned about the tumor, I had mixed feelings about discussing it. I told my family right away, of course, because I needed help and they are my biggest supporters! There were several close friends who I did call the same night. Part of me wanted to get some of my shock/worry/the weight of the news "off my ch…

  • I'm Anastasia, and I'm living with Lymphoma, Hodgkin's

    Choosing a care team

    Choosing a care team
    Added Aug 5, 2009

    After seeing my primary physician, my family and I decided we would go to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, for further testing because they have an excellent reputation and it is only a forty-five minute drive from our home. My bone-marrow biopsy and tumor biopsy were performed at Mayo. I also consulted with several doctors including an…

  • I'm Anastasia, and I'm living with Lymphoma, Hodgkin's

    My diagnosis

    My diagnosis
    Added Aug 5, 2009

    My diagnosis came as quite a shock. Although I had been having unexplained itching (especially at night…it was very annoying!) for over a year and clothes soaking, sheet drenching night sweats for at least six months, I had no idea until February 1, 2009 that I had a seventeen centimeter tumor in my mediastinum. (The mediastinum is "a portion …

Favorite Cancer and Blood Disorder Experiences

  • Cancer - The Secret Change

    Living with cancer
    Added Jan 31, 2015
    This article, so very well written by a practicing oncologist, is superb! Dr. Salwitz truly captures the feelings that I (and probably thousands of other cancer patients) have. Cancer does suck! My cancer is rare. It grows slowly, but it grows. I do not “look like I have cancer.” I hear so often,“You really look great.” The problem is I …
  • Hi, I'm Craig Blower

    It is what it is. Might as well find some humor in your journey.

    Living with cancer
    Updated Oct 26, 2013

    I was diagnosed last February (2013) with stage IV lung cancer. A shock to me, needless to say, as a non-smoker. Unless of course you count those funny things I smoked back in college 40 years ago.

    Besides the support of family and friends, I have found keeping my sense of humor throughout my journey has been the best medicine, other than the…

  • I'm Beth, and I'm going through treatment for Breast Cancer.

    A Summary of My Chemo Experience

    What I've learned
    Added Jan 7, 2010

    This is a summary of the chemo treatment I survived. I have never experienced anything like this. Radiation, and even surgery, was a breeze in comparison:

    6 treatments, one every 21 days:

    - for each treatment, Brad and I were there 2.5 to 4 hours (always had the bloodwork and meeting with the doctor a day or 2 before treatment)

    - #2 …

  • I'm Gloria Becker, and I'm a survivor of Colon Cancer

    I Care - Please Read

    Just some thoughts
    Added Jan 7, 2010

    LISTEN TO YOUR BODY
    You’ve probably heard this before; however, it meant little to me until I was the one being told, " You have colorectal cancer." If you are experiencing something out of the ordinary, such as pain or discomfort that will not go away, call your doctor.

    OBTAIN FAMILY MEDICAL HISTORY
    This can be a useful tool for yo…