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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

    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…

  • Hi, I'm Peggy J C.

    Alway have HOPE!

    What I've learned
    Added Aug 22, 2018

    In June 2018 I celebrated my 20th year as a survivor. What a struggle and blessing!
    Never give up HOPE!

  • 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 …