I was 23 years old when I was diagnosed with stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
I had a 10 cm tumor in my chest and it had spread to my bones. I had all the typical symptoms of lymphoma but never thought they were symptoms of cancer. My symptoms included upper back pain, night sweats, and a cough. No one in my family history has ever had cancer.
One day I was worried about what I was going to wear out to the bars then the next day I had to worry if I was going die. Cancer doesn’t discriminate. I thought I had my fair share of tragedy when my Dad died when I was just 8 years old, but life had another plan for me.
After 8 months of R-CHOP chemotherapy and high dose methotrexate, I am in remission. And I am so grateful for that. I now appreciate how strong my body is for dealing with the hard side effects of chemo and biopsies and blood work. I have a new found love for myself.
I never thought cancer would give me confidence but it has. Don’t get me wrong I still get down on myself, but I remind myself what I have been through and it always changes my mood.
Cancer is a hell of a disease but I am glad it happened to me. I appreciate everything so much more now and I love everything and everyone around me harder than ever.
So always remember you got this fight, you will kick cancer’s ass and come out on top.