emnurse73's Journey:

Survivor: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL)

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 7 years ago, Female, Age: 75, Stage IV

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    • emnurse73
    • Experience with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma...
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Had NHL primary of the bone in the spine. Chemo treatment was Rchop and Zameta. I did take some supplement to lessen the side effects of the Chemo

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    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • emnurse73
    • Experience with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma...
    about 5 years ago
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    Low white blood cell counts (neutropenia)

    Side Effects

    I had 5 R-CHOP chemo therapy treatments with Zameta and naulasta. Remember every one is different. I did not expect any side effects just because some one else had it -just accepted what came and kept going. It could have been so much worse so I am very thankful. Some of the side effects were Hair loss, pain, nausea, low white blood cell count, fatigue, constipation, taste changes, stomach pain, thinking changes, cough, Shortness of breath, fatigue, flu like symptoms. Don't let the side effects scare you because the disease is so much worse. Your attitude has the biggest impact on your recovery I believe. I live alone and keep doing all my daily things-maybe sometimes slower but I did them. Still did my own shopping and found time to go places and enjoy life on the some better days- not just survive. I did not want to be dependent and lose my muscle after treatment "don't use it - lose it". I kept active with games on line and mental stimulation even though at times I had "chemo brain" a little problems with the thinking process. That has all cleared up now. I did need to get a pacemaker and had some healing problems after having a tooth pulled due to the Zameta. But I am here- I have enjoyed the 2 years since with my children, grandchildren, friends and my co-workers ( I am a nurse and back to working part time)- God still has a purpose.

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    • emnurse73
    • Experience with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma...
    about 5 years ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    Praise the Lord-I am so thankful finished treatment, in remission, my hair is back and I am working. It was August 2010 since my last Chemo Treatment.

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    • emnurse73
    • Experience with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma...
    about 5 years ago
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    • emnurse73
    • Experience with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma...
    about 5 years ago
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    We need to work together for funding to help those with Cancer get treatment and medicine and continued research.

    Decision Point

    Cancer can happen to anyone. I am a mother, grandmother & for 39 years a nurse-never sick. Then I started having back & hip pain diagnosed with Non Hodgkin Lymphoma stage IV of the bone (spine) with the life expectancy of several months that was March 2010. With out the help of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society -American Cancer Society I would not have found the help I needed.

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    • emnurse73
    • Experience with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma...
    about 5 years ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Ihad 6 R-CHOP chemo therapy treatments with Zameta and Naulasta. Side Effects (Low white blood cell counts (neutropenia)): Remember every one is different. I did not expect any side effects just because some one else had it -just accepted what came and kept going. It could have been so much worse so I am very thankful. Some of the side effects were Hair loss, pain, nausea, low white blood cell count, fatigue, constipation, taste changes, stomach pain, thinking changes, cough, Shortness of breath, fatigue, flu like symptoms. Don't let the side effects scare you because the disease is so much worse. Your attitude has the biggest impact on your recovery I believe. I live alone and keep doing all my daily things-maybe sometimes slower but I did them. Still did my own shopping and found time to go places and enjoy life on the some better days- not just survive. I did not want to be dependent and lose my muscle after treatment "don't use it - lose it". I kept active with games on line and mental stimulation even though at times I had "chemo brain" a little problems with the thinking process. That has all cleared up now. I did need to get a pacemaker and had some healing problems after having a tooth pulled due to the Zameta. But I am here- I have enjoyed the 2 years since with my children, grandchildren, friends and my co-workers ( I am a nurse)-God still has purpose.

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    • emnurse73
    • Experience with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma...
    almost 5 years ago
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    Loss

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    • emnurse73
    • Experience with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma...
    almost 5 years ago
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    Drug or Chemo Therapy

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