dwalk15's Journey with Hodgkin Disease

Survivor: Hodgkin Disease

Patient Info: Finished active treatment more than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: about 27 years ago, Male, Age: 53, Stage III

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    • Experience with Hodgkin Disease
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I was in a new job and easily explained all my symptoms away on stress and overworking. I sweat at night...too hot in the house. I had itchy skin...I needed more lotion. I was always tired...i was working long hours. I was losing weight...I was climing stairs several times a day from my office to my boss's office. I had all the right excusses until I saw some swelling in my neck. That I could not explain, but convinced myself it was part of an allergy problem. The doctor told me otherwise. I was quickly sent to another major hospital that could do more accurate testing. I was in the military and they shipped me to the hospital with only a phone call...no paperwork. No paperwork in the military? That made me really scared.

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    • Experience with Hodgkin Disease
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I had to undergo 6 months of "intensive" chemo (ABVD). I had 2 treatments a month, so a total of 12 sessions. I suffered from nausea and vomitting almost every time. I even developed anticipatory nausea. I continued to work some, but had to take several days off every other week for recovery. I knew if i was not kept busy I would have given up.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I had 5 weeks of radiation following my chemo. I had to walk around with these blue lines all over my neck and body used to align the lead blocks to protect my internal organs as best they could. I was promoted to Captain in the US Air Force while getting my radiation. One morning I got up, went to my radiation therapy, went back to my room, changed into my blues and went to Admin to get my new ID card. That was the ceremony I had for my promotion. That is one thing I remember most about this whole event...me alone.

    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Experience with Hodgkin Disease
    over 4 years ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    The doctors say I'm in remission, but I have had no incidents since i completed my treatment. It worked, through the grace of God, it worked! I'm now remarried, have 5 wonderful children, and a new career. I'm cancer free as far as I can see. There are some limitations I have in life, like deminished lung capacity, but nothing that keeps me from enjoying life. Cancer comes in your life like a destroyer, but you have the ability to either give up or fight. I chose to fight. I still choose to fight. Cancer came, and I kicked its BUTT!

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