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I'm 19 and just found out...

skidzy
Posts: 1
Joined: Apr 2002

Hi
I'm 19 and just found out I have some type of hodgkin's Disease and it's in stage 3A. I don't even know why I am posting a message. I don't know what good this will do. But I start Chemo this Tues and I'm scared. I am a 19 year old guy with cancer...heh that's not supposed to happen. Anyways if anyone has anything to tell me feel free. I don't know what to ask because I don't know how I feel..I don't believe it, or maybe I don't want to believe it.
It was a complete shock, I flew to TX for a simple surgery for something easy and after they had entered my chest they found masses. The next morning they tell me I have cancer!! Heh, this makes no sense. I work out alot and sure don't feel like "someone with cancer." All well..
Like I said I don't know why I wrote this...I just can't sleep.

peepa
Posts: 4
Joined: Apr 2002

I'm onto my third course of treatment for 3B Hodgkin's, and to tell you the truth the chemo isn't so bad. If you didn't have a port put in yet, I highly recommend it. I've talked to many different people while getting my chemo, and those that did not have a port put in had burned out veins.
I understand how shocked you were when you found out, I felt the same way. I'm 23, and I was just getting into my career when I found out I had cancer. At first I was very depressed about losing my hair, which was very long. But things do get better. An acquiantance of mine has leukemia and is sitting in a hospital waiting to get a bone marrow transplant. I am so glad that Hodgkin's can be treated on an outpatient basis. Good luck on Tues., and don't be scared.

Laura

worldchamps95
Posts: 1
Joined: Apr 2002

I know what your feeling. I was 26 when I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in stage 3. The best advice that I can give you is to believe that you will be healed and everything will be fine. I know that people try and act tough about cancer but let me tell you when I found out I had cancer it didn't really bother me that bad because I thougth that I was young and that no matter what happens I can beat this. My last treatment was in April of 2001 and everything has worked out great so far. Please email me back and let me know if there's anything else that I can help you with. This is one thing that I enjoy doing is talking to people about cancer and letting them know that you can beat it and live to tell about it. Hope to hear from you soon and good luck, Jay Rodgers.

jakesmom0618
Posts: 3
Joined: May 2002

Hi there. I was diagnosed with HD in 1999 at the age of 24. I felt exactly the same way that you do now. I had chemo for eight months and I am doing really well now (knock on wood). If there is anything that I can help you with, let me know. You are going to be ok. Any questions about treatment, or just to talk...email me at jakesmom0618@aol.com

robyns
Posts: 1
Joined: May 2002

Hi,
I understand what you are going through. I was 25 when I was diagnosed and also had no clue. I was in shape and very healthy. I have been in remission for 3 years. I want to relay the message to you that you can survive this. It was a VERY difficult time of my life, but things can get back to normal. Think positive and don't be afraid to take help and support from others. If you ever need to talk or have questions feel free to email me. My prayers are with you.
Take care!

dynaper
Posts: 1
Joined: Apr 2002

I don't know exactly what I want to say to you, because I know nothing makes it any easier. But believe me when I tell you, I know exactly what your going through. My dr pronounced me cancer free in Jan after 8 months of treatment for Hodgkin's disease. I had a relatively easy time with treatment, I was just extremely tired. I was scared to death and I htought the same thing as you. I'm only 23 years old, I've never smoked, never drank, never did anything, and here I am with cancer. And I was pregnant when I found out, and so I right away thought "My kid's aren't gonna have a mom." It will get easier. You can't let yourself get upset. You have to keep telling yourself it will be alright. Hodgkin's disease has a very high survival rate and from what my dr says, it's pretty much curable. I wish you the best of luck and I hope you can find the courage to get through this. I know my kid's were the only thing that kept me hanging on in my lowest moments. Good luck to you and feel free to email me, even if you just need someone to talk to about it.

josuit
Posts: 6
Joined: Apr 2002

How are you doing? You must be in the middle of whatever treatment the doctors feel is best for you. Its not much fun, is it! I was 35 when I was diagnosed with stage 3A Hodgkins. Like you, I felt so cheated. I had 2 kids (9 & 11), worked out and did all the things one is "suppose" to do to keep healthy. Well, there were other plans for me that I didn't really like but, oh well. I went thru surgery, 6 months chemo and a month of radation. I am now 49 years old and feel great. Hang in and all will be fine! Its a bad time for you right now but soon it will be over and you'll be back to your old self again. There really is life after cancer and I'm living proof of that.
Keep going, you're doing great!
JoAnn

jsavre
Posts: 5
Joined: Oct 2002

How are you doing? I just read your message today & wanted to let you know I know how you feel. When I found out I was in such a state of shock! I could not beleive that I had CANCER at 22!! I was soooooo angry and scared, but I still did not let it stop me from working and continuing to live my life. Sometimes I think that I tried too hard to not let it affect me, by burying my feelings deep inside. I went through a year of hell! Now it has been 6 years and I finally feel like talking about it. I have fully recovered and am in great health now! I hope all is going well with your treatments and recovery process!!

soundsys4u
Posts: 1
Joined: Mar 2003

Ahhh. . .where do I start. . .nothing is going to make sense for a while. NONE of it ever makes any sense. I found out about mine at about the same time you did. I got chemo and radiation and went on my happy way. 4 1/2 years later. . it comes back. . . so. . what did I do? I got PISSED. . .then I got chemo and radiation AGAIN . .and went on my happy way. . .

Well, (you can see where this is going) a little over 4 years later. . .here we go again. . .this time. . . BMT (Bone Marrow Transplant). . .now, it's been gone over three years and I realize every day that I'm "not supposed to be standing here", but I am. . .and I just keep going.

You will too. . . I've figured out that heaven doesn't want me and hell just KNOWS I'll take over. Just do what you have to do, keep going and don't let it win. . . EVER!

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