KarinaG's Journey with Hodgkin Disease

Patient: Hodgkin Disease

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: over 5 years ago, Female, Age: 38, Stage II

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    • KarinaG
    • Experience with Hodgkin Disease
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Mom to a toddler and only 32 years old!

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    • KarinaG
    • Experience with Hodgkin Disease
    over 4 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had lymphnodes in two areas around the base of my neck removed.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • KarinaG
    • Experience with Hodgkin Disease
    over 4 years ago
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    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

    It was just odd to feel the lump where the port was placed and to think that it would deliver the medicine needed to kick Hodgkin's butt!

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • KarinaG
    • Experience with Hodgkin Disease
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    6 full rounds of ABVD chemo, delivered in 12 treatments over a 24 week period. The toughest part was feeling sick and weak for several days while getting help from my mom... and trying to be a good mom also.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • KarinaG
    • Experience with Hodgkin Disease
    over 4 years ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    It was expected, so it wasn't too hard. I have always had long, thick hair that could take over an hour to "do" at times... so it was almost a rest from it! Now that it is starting to grow back, I can't wait for it to be long and thick again!

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    • KarinaG
    • Experience with Hodgkin Disease
    over 4 years ago
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    Birthday

    Celebration

    My husband threw me a surprise "birthday & chemo is over" party! I am so blessed!

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    • KarinaG
    • Experience with Hodgkin Disease
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Haven't started yet...

    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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