I battled Hodgkin's twice. I was 26 when I was diagnosed with it at stage 4. What kept me going was the support of family and friends and planning my wedding. Yes, I planned my wedding while going through all of my ABVD chemo treatments. It was the best threapy for me because it kept me focused on something very happy. I wasn't going to let cancer get in the way of me getting married.
When I had my re-occurance a year and a half later, I found that it was better for me to put on emotional blinders. I was going to be having an autologus stem cell transplant and needed to focus on getting to that transplant. I couldn't focus on the "why me" until I was in the hosptial room for my transplant. At that point, I just let everything out. I cried everyday. I had the support of my parents, sister and husband. I did my best to keep eating, even though the food had no taste. I also pushed myself to walk a little bit each day, when I could finally leave my hospital room. But, I also knew I needed to rest in order to have my body heal.
One thing that I wish was available to me during this time was a young adult cancer support group. I found that being a young adult with cancer was an isolating experience. I was the youngest in the cancer care center that I went to. It would have been nice to be able to talk with people around my age going through cancer treatments.
From a practical standpoint, I learned that sweatpants and sports bras are one's best friend when having PET or CT scans done. You can leave your clothes on because there is no metal.