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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): For the mext year, I went to chemo every third week. It's double blind, so the doctor, nor I know whether or not I get the real thing or placebo. Neuropathy of the fingers and toes was my side effect, which would mean that I was getting the real thing. But after what I've been through, sometimes I wonder if it's just in my head. CT scans every three months.

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    Decision Point (Join Clinical Study): I was asked to particpate in SGN-35 clinical study. It's a targeted drug to kill only Hodgkin's cells, not the rest of the healthy cells too. I was all for it, my husband wasn't as sure. I was for it! I talked him into it, by explaining that after the 11 chemo drugs I had already gotten, number twelve couldl only help. So in the end, I joined!

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    Celebration (Finished treatment): We celebrated when I got to go home! We didn't tell my parents we were coming home yet, so on father's day, when they came out to check on things at our house, we hid the car and surprised my parents. That was the best father's day dift I could give my dad!

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    Other Care (Outpatient-stay close to hospital): After I was released from the hospital I had to stay in the area for two weeks to a month, depending on how my blood counts were and how I was feeling. Since we lived four hours away, we found a place to stay. I had to drink a lot of water. I couldn't eat restaurant prepared food or fresh produce. For that would risk infection. My husband and daughter (3 1/2) came to stay with me and take care of me. I didn't have much energy and was easily fatigued. After visiting the hospital every three days for lab work and check up, after only a week and a half they told me I could go home.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): This was an eight day course of chemotherapy, done as an in-patient, followed by getting my stem cells back. I had a reaction to an antibiotic on one of the first doses. From then on they gave me benadryl with it. The chemo was strong, it took the lining from my esophogas. I couldn't even swallow on my own for two or three days. I had to be given nutritional support, which was disgusting! It's basically a bag of fats, administered IV. It smelled awful! On day 10, the nurses administered my stem cells back through and IV. Although it was similar to having a bag of platelets, it made me nauseous to think about it. It looked like tomato juice. On day 13 I was released from the hospital.