Jul 14, 2007 - 5:29 pm
I am a 71 year old woman diagnosed in December of 2006 with low grade early stage NHL. It presented with 15% involvement in the bone marrow. No solid tumor. I had 8 rounds of Rituxan and another bone marrow biopsy in May 2007. Showed improvement down to 5% involvement. Will continue on Rituxan maintenance quarterly and have another bone marrow biopsy in November. Onc feels I may be sensitive rather than resistant to the R. Hopefully. If the R doesn't clear it up, the onc is considering using Zevalin early next year. All in all I am doing really well as far as treatment goes. Between treatments I have been able to travel and cruise.
It doesn't seem fair, but I am a 13 year breast cancer survivor. Isn't one cancer enough. Enough pity party. I was treated at that time with adriamycin, 5FU and methotrexate, radiation and tamoxifin. Had a really hard time with it. But since then have had a good life.
As a Reach to Recovery volunteer I always tell the women I meet with that it is alright to cry, scream, be angry, throw things, etc. I am angry myself now and have trouble taking my own advice. My husband is wonderfully supportive, but has trouble accepting my emotional swings. He is happy as long as I have a smile on my face. And we know that is not always possible.