(Image above: Revisiting Blacktown Hospital, where I did chemotherapy and radiation therapy. They folded 1,000 paper cranes for World Cancer Day.) On Tuesday the 29th of May, 2018, I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin's Lymphoma. I went through 4 rounds/8 sessions of ABVD chemotherapy. I stayed in the hospital for 8 days in September [...]
As I fight cancer, people tell me to “be brave” or “be courageous”. While I always appreciate the sentiment and the thought, I never really understood the words. If someone says "be brave while you fight cancer", what do they even mean by it? Because no matter what anyone says, I’m still gonna be afraid of needles. I even cried during an injection once while I was in hospital!
I'm not going to sugar coat it, chemotherapy sucks. But it's when you feel like you've been stripped of everything (like your job... your lifestyle... your hair...) that you realise everything you need is right in front of you. I mentioned in a previous blog post that the reason why I'm doing chemotherapy is for [...]
"CLASSIC HODGKIN'S LYMPHOMA" I remember reading my biopsy diagnosis with my boyfriend, Gino, at the doctor's office. I studied Medical Science at university and majored in Immunobiology (ironically), and I knew what lymphoma meant. But I had to hear it for myself so I asked, "what does that mean?" "Cancer of the lymph," my doctor said.