How it Began

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On December 23rd 2020 I was diagnosed with Stage 4B Hodgkins Lymphoma. I can’t explain to you how it felt to know that I had cancer, not a friend, not someone I knew but me. Telling family and friends, hospital appointments, canulars 😟, blood tests, taking pills, scans, chemotherapy and worrying about ever having kids quickly became my life. My symptoms started with an agitated stomach, fatigue, weight loss and enlarged lymph nodes, which got worse quickly between October and December 2020. If you have heard of Lymphoma before you will know that it is the most researched and treatable cancers, so part of me felt grateful. Everyone said to me that “if I was to have cancer this would be the best one”. I now agree because I went from stage 4 to finishing my last round of chemo in just 3 months!!! Pending a scan in a month I will be cancer free. I want to speak about my experience in the hopes I can comfort someone or be that person ‘you knew had Lymphoma’ and offer any advice or support. Even though this diagnosis was common for someone my age, at the time I never knew anyone or had someone to relate to with the same one. I want to be that person. Putting all physical side effects aside, the fear of the unknown was the worst part. I would love to connect with anyone in the same situation or just to chat about my specific treatment with someone that understands. I am an open book ❤️❤️