Hello, dear friends. It’s been a while. I’d love to tell you that it’s because I’ve been out living my life and having a great time, but unfortunately things have been very busy because I’ve been running around to all my doctors again lately.
I have less than stellar news to share. My Hodgkin’s lymphoma has returned. Or perhaps it never completely went away. I’m not sure.
Here’s the timeline:
First, I did a red blood cell study because I was still anemic and lethargic. That showed that my RBC’s were still too small and too few, and my iron was seriously low. After some trial and error with oral supplements, we decided that the best course of action would be for me to have iron infusions. I’ve done two so far, and I’ll go back on Wednesday for a third.
But that’s not all that’s happened.
The spot in my neck has grown, and two more spots in my left breast showed up. So I did a mammogram and an ultrasound. The breast surgeon said it didn’t look like breast cancer, but it was definitely possible that it was the lymphoma again. My oncologist wanted biopsies. Frankly, so did I. I wanted some pathology to back up what I had suspected for a while now. On Tuesday I underwent a needle biopsy. Friday I got the pathology results and they were positive for lymphoma.
There are a few silver linings here: I don’t have to have surgery on my neck, since we know now what it is. It’s the same old thing, and not a new kind of cancer. That’s all I got right now, but I’m sure there are more.
The bad news is that I will have to undergo treatment again. We will start out with chemo ( a different type from last time) and then look at a stem cell transplant. Within the next week or so, I’ll do another PET scan and a bone marrow biopsy. I’ll also see my oncologist on Wednesday to go over the exact plan of treatment.
I’ve been open with you all throughout this journey so far, and I intend to include you on this next leg of the trip. I’ve had a much-needed break, but now it’s once more unto the breach, dear friends. Many thanks for the love you always share with me. Know that it flows back to you a hundredfold.