During this point in my treatment I was getting the roadmap to recovery laid for my family and me. One of the first statements made from the nurse was, “this will not be an easy road, but continue to remain positive and you will be just fine.” I kept those words close to me as well as God’s Promise, so I would not lose faith and fall into a depression.
The plan was to have six rounds of chemotherapy, which began on December 31, 2014; from that point on I had chemotherapy every two weeks. On May 29, 2014, I was able to “ring the bell” and sign my name and experience at the hospital for patients to reference. I was declared cancer free on June 17, 2014 and I returned to my career on June 23, 2014 with restrictions on hours which was hard to abide by. Anyone who knows me knows I am a workaholic and a perfectionist. Going back to work during that period made me feel as if I had a tangible purpose. At that time I had 40 employees who needed me for guidance and development and I was still striving for career advancement as well, but God had other plans for me. In August of 2014, I began to have symptoms of what I had previously had before being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. A year ago around this same time the cancer relapsed and I had a reoccurrence. Only 20% of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma patients relapse after the traditional treatment of ABVD and of course I snuggled quite nicely into that statistic. Let’s keep this into perspective; being a young trailblazer and visionary it was harder to take the news the second time around. I had thought my life was over, but not think holistically at the picture that God had something more spectacular and that He knew I could handle the job well.
My Oncologist wanted a second opinion who specialized in the particular blood cancer that I had and I really appreciated him for not allowing his pride as a physician to get in the way for my treatment plan. When I met my new “team” of health professionals I knew then that I was not going to die and I was placed on a well structured plan to prevent complications. I am now the “guinea pig.” I had two rounds of a treatment, ICE, that literally kicked my butt and I lost my hair so quickly versus the first go round. The second stage to the new treatment plan was to check fertility and get me approved to have an autologous stem cell implant. The hardest to deal with is the possibility of not being able to carry my own children naturally due to all of the chemotherapy, but that will be discussed in the next phase of the process.
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