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Chemo #5 (Nov 8-20)

Chemo #5 (Nov 8-20)

  Chemo #5 was the first one I had without the Bleomycin (the drug that can cause lung toxicity). YAY! This was the first time I got to see Dr. Ghosh, face to face, after he gave me my good news of my PET scan results […]

Chemo #4 (Oct 25-Nov 7)

Chemo #4 (Oct 25-Nov 7)

My mother in law was in town from Indiana and went to my chemo day with me. Everything went as planned. My neutrophils did tank again so I went back the next day for a shot of Neulasta. Such a pain, but I needed it! […]

PET Scan (November 6)

PET Scan (November 6)

From the very beginning I was told by my doctor we would have a PET Scan right before chemo #5 to see if it was working; and if not, what plan B would be.  Trust me, it wouldn’t be as easy as ABVD has been […]

My Blood Counts

My Blood Counts

I recently listened to most of the Healing Summit that Kris Carr put on and I felt frustrated to say the least.  I work so hard to eat an anti-inflammatory diet and educate myself on being healthier, mentally and physically.  I manage stress.  I exercise.  […]

Chemo #3 (Oct 11-Oct 24)

Chemo #3 (Oct 11-Oct 24)

Chemo #3 is complete. Nothing eventful happened the day of and I was grateful.  It took a hour longer than it should have because of a delay in my first medication arriving to the nurses due to a new system. That was frustrating, but luckily […]

Chemo Diva

Chemo Diva

Let’s face it! If I’m gonna have cancer and do chemo I damn well better be a Chemo Diva. HA! In all seriousness, as soon as I found out I had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma I searched the internet for ways to make my own wig out […]

Chemo #2 (Sept 27-Oct 10)

Chemo #2 (Sept 27-Oct 10)

The second time was much less stressful from the first. I knew what to expect and we got a nice larger (more private) area to hang in while chemo was going in.  It went a lot faster too because I didn’t have to sit and […]

Chemo #1 (Sept 13-26)

Chemo #1 (Sept 13-26)

Chemo #1. It all began Thursday, September 13th. Two days before National Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Awareness Day. For those of you that don’t know, HL is a blood cancer that involves the lymphatic system. Symptoms can be swollen lymph nodes, itching, night sweats, fever, fatigue, loss […]

My Unexpected Journey

My Unexpected Journey

I had scheduled my annual visit with my doctor to check my cholesterol and other blood work.  I feel it’s so important to check in with your doctor annually even if you aren’t sick. Not to mention my HSA gives me $150 back for my […]