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    Rlawson asked a questionNon-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL)

    dlbcl and pregnant

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      afuller43

      I can relate to your dilemma. I was 11 weeks pregnant when I first found out I had stage 2 Non Hodgkins Lymphoma. My cancer was in the lymphnodes in my right under arm and was growing rapidly and very aggressive. The day after I found out I had cancer, I met with my oncologist in which he recommended that I terminate my pregnancy. I'm 38 years old and have a 5 year old daughter. We tried for almost a year to get pregnant with our 2nd child, and after finally having success on my first round of clomid we found out the great news that we were pregnant. Then my world fell from underneath me, when I was given my diagnosis and told I couldn't keep my baby, or risk my health and survival. I am pro-choice, but never in my life did I think I'd have to make that decision. I love my daughter so much and want nothing more than to be here for her as long as I can, and watch her grow up, graduate, get married, etc... I had to think of her and my husband. The oncologist said I could wait until I was 18 weeks along to start chemotherapy, but my cancer was growing very rapidly and he didn't want to risk it moving into my lungs. Chemotherapy is okay during pregnancy after 18 weeks, but I was in extreme pain, in which I was hospitalized for, and the risk of the chemo to the fetus was more than I could bare. If I felt bad for even taking Tylenol, how would I feel

      almost 6 years ago
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      I guess I got cut off. Anyway, I feel for you in your situation. I was had to do the unimaginable, but in my heart I know my husband and I made the right decision. I've only gone through my first round of chemo, and my hair is almost all gone, but I know that I will fight as hard as I can for my 5 year old daughter and my husband. I know it's difficult, trust me I cry every day, but you should listen to your doctors, gather as much research as you can, and make a decision that your heart can one day accept. I know what your going through, and I'm here for you if you want to talk. You are in my prayers.- Angela

      almost 6 years ago
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      I was reading through your post, I have been thinking about you and your situation all afternoon. I was just wondering how you are doing. I am 43 years old and recently diagnosed as well. (Within the last two weeks) Just the overwhelming feeling I had when I found out was a lot, I can not imagine how you are feeling with being pregnant also. Sending prayers your way. Keep in touch and let me know how you are. I would also be interested in knowing about your treatment, as I am currently trying to find a course of treatment myself.

      almost 6 years ago
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