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    Radiation (External radiation ): After my surgery, I started 35 radiation treatments of both my upper and lowere regions of my body. I had to be tattooed with marks that signified the starting point of each area and also permanent marker to help lead casts to be pour for the areas that weren't to be radiated.
    I had cut my hair short after hearing i would probably lose my hair..and low and behold after maybe a week of treatments, one morning in the shower..I reached up to wash my hair and my hair was coming out..not all of it..but a large half moon in the back of my head. Very traumatic..when it actually happens. I was told by technicians that when it grew back it would probably be the exact opposite of hair you lost. It was...it came in very dark and curly, I am normally blonde and straight hair
    The raidiation also burned my underarm region which killed off the hair follicles and the sweat glands...that was a big upside of the treatment. To this day, I don't shave under my arms nor do I perspire there also.
    My esophagus was burned so eating food wasn;'t something that i enjoyed while I had treatment. I could drink hot cocoa though. which a friend of mine made a 5 gallon bucket of homemade hot cocoa mix and that tasted sooo good to me. Thus, the weight I thought i would lose during treatment...wasn't gonig to happen. Hot cocoa is full of calories, at least the cocoa I drank.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Surgery): I was scheduled to have a spleenectomy and the doctors decided that i needed to stay in the hospital approximately 9 days. In the 1980's surgery's like this were pretty extensive. I woke up in recovery to the pain of a almost 12 inch incision on my stomach. The nurses said I was saying over and over that "if I would have known it would hurt this bad, I wouldn't have had it done". But.I survived. In the same procedure my appendix was removed, my liver was biopsied, spleen removed and my ovaries tucked away since I was still in reproductive age. They didn't want my ovaries damaged by radiation.

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    Decision Point (Decision as to what field of radiation to have): I had all the necessary testing done, some which was worse than the disease. I was told I could have surgery and have my spleen removed. Which contains nodes...If I would have gone through radiation on the spleen, it could have damaged my kidneys which are in the general vicinity of the spleen. I opted for surgery

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    Oh No: I was only 28 when i found out I had Hodgkins Disease. Being the young age I was, I thought myself to be invincible. When I received the diagnosis from the doctor, I remember sitting up in the hospital bed and telling the doctors, "let's get rid of it". While my mom had collapsed. In her day and age, cancer was like a death sentence.

    One of the thoughts that went through my mind was. "wow"..I will lose weight, You never see any fat cancer patients"