Apr 02, 2002 - 6:47 pm
I'm a 17 year old girl, living in a small town in Michigan, I turned 15 on October 24th, 1999 and I expected it to be just another year. That was until November 5th, when I was diagnoised with Stage 2 A, Hodgkins Lymphoma. I was a odd case, my blood counts wern't abnormal, and I didn't FEEL sick. I just had a mass on my chest, and cancer in my lymph nodes in my neck. They acutally did an extra CT scan, because they didn't really believe I had it. I had a biopsy, and a medport put in the first 5 days I was in the hospital. I went through about 9 months of chemotherapy, never becoming nutrapenic, never being placed in the hospital because I was sick over low WBCs, I did HAVE the low WBC, I just didn't get sick from it. I never lost my hair, which was odd. And I guess I just kept surviving. I went through 3 weeks, 5 days a week radiation, because they wanted to make sure the cancer was gone for good. If it wasn't for all of the nurses and doctors at The Children's Hospital of Michigan, I wouldn't have survived, because we were in debt simply because of my hospital bills. The Children's Leukemia foundation payed for all of my x-rays, all of my chemo and radiation and all of my CT scans. Last october was the first year of my remission. I saw a comercial for this, so I figured I'd check it out. Thanks all for being there, and being aware.