twarne48's Journey with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL)

Patient: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL)

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 8 years ago, Male, Age: 63, Stage I

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    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I was given 3-6 months to live after a tumor was found on three segments of my spine

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    over 4 years ago
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    Emergency surgery was recomended

    Decision Point

    I refused to have surgery and later found out that I made the right decision.

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    Steroids

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Steroids caused a bleeding ulcer that almost was fatal. Paramedics were called and I was rushed to the trama center. After surgery, I spent several days in the hospital all due to the oral steroids I had been prescribed.

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

    Radiation

    Outside of the daily trips to have radiation treatment and the costs, the radiation treatments caused no pain or side affects and treated the tumor successfully.

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    over 4 years ago
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    Wife Diagnosed W/Breast Cancer

    Oh No

    My wife was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer February of 2012. She has had chemotherapy, a mastectomy and is now having radiation treatments. I have been doing the cooking, cleaning and laundry since she has been sick. We also have a 16 yr. old son to finish raising and get through school. Our son's are having a hard time dealing with both parents being diagnosed w/cancer during the past 3 yrs.

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    over 4 years ago
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    Chemo therapy Recomended

    Decision Point

    Chemo was recommended but I refused treatment due to lack of funds and insurance.

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