rebalittle's Journey with Hodgkin Disease

Patient: Hodgkin Disease

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: over 7 years ago, Female, Age: 29

  1. 1
    over 5 years ago
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    VATS procedure

    Procedure or Surgery

    Honestly I feel a VATS procedure in trying to diagnose cancer or recurrent cancer is about as easy as it comes. I was kept in the hospital over night with a chest tube for draining which wasn't that bad. Also I sore for about a week afterwards but overall it was not a bad surgery and it always proved to find what we were looking for and suspecting. After having other biopsies that showed up cancer free while knowing there was a cancer is quite frustrating.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  2. 2
    over 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    My first chemo was ABVD and let me tell you it is rough and by far the one with the worst side effects so far. My port was flipped upward so I would be nauseated the entirety of chemo and then when I went home I would curl up in a ball and feel like XXX for 3-4 days. It sucked. Also it was a long regimen and I would have to be at the doctor for like 6 hours getting it because my hospital is so slow.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  3. 3
    over 5 years ago
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    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

    Placement and especially replacement(my first one wasn't set quite right) is pretty easy. I just couldn't wear strapless dresses that summer because of tenderness in the location in which my port was placed.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  4. 4
    over 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I had radiation for 5 weeks. I did I have to wear a mask, cage thing. My treatment lasted about 8-10 minutes. I have to say the hardest part of radiation was the last 3-5 minutes because that's when I would get claustrophobic and it sucked! Also I did experience nausea in the mornings which I don't know if that was my own anxiety or is that was a side effect.

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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