ChelseaSzabo's Journey with Hodgkin Disease

Survivor: Hodgkin Disease

Patient Info: Finished active treatment more than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 15 years ago, Female, Age: 34, Stage II

  1. 1
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I was 19 and my bags were packed for my sophomore year of college when cancer entered my life. I was diagnosed with Melanoma skin cancer and Hodgkin's disease (completely separate from one another). I ended up tacking the semester off and started chemo and radiation for the Hodgkin's. Luckily the doctor was able to remove the Melanoma.

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  2. 2
    over 4 years ago
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    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

    I just remember it being sore

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  3. 3
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I was 19 and spent my treatment window in denial. I emotionally shut down and just charged forward. I didn't want anyone close to me to feel bad so I acted like I was okay, even when I was scared or sad. I wish at the time I had been more aware of healthy ways to process my feelings because it's now 10 years later and I'm just processing them.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  4. 4
    over 4 years ago
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    Lost Hair

    Oh No

    This was probably the hardest part of cancer for me...it's when physically people could tell.

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  5. 5
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Everyday for 1 month I had radiation. I'm still rocking my tattoos.

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  6. 6
    over 4 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    After 4 months of treatment (once every two weeks) and 1 month of radiation, my treatment was complete. I've been cancer free ever since, now being 10 years!

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