Feb 21, 2009 - 5:35 pm
One month ago today, I lost my dear friend and employer of 34 years to Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. He was diagnosed in "05 when a small lesion turned out to be Non-hodgkins. He had the lesion removed and all tests -MRI's,Pet Scans following were negative.He went ahead with R-chop and rituxin treatment, and he had decided to go ahead with an autologous stem cell transplant, and contacted this site (Litespeed) for information about it. All was okay until last spring, when symptoms developed and a Pet Scan showed lymphoma cells had crossed into his brain. Radiation seemed to work with follow-up scans being okay, and arrangements were being made to go ahead with the stem cell procedure. But on 1/7/09 symptoms re-appeared and from there, in spite of additional chemo, he lost the battle.
It's taken me this long to even talk about it here. I know life isn't fair, and that some of us lose the battle but I wasn't prepared for Litespeed to lose hisl. I wonder why I survived endometrial and then kidney cancer and he lost. I know too that some of you on this site are struggling too. I loved him, and miss him. I hope that sharing this will help me fill the emptiness I feel. Thank you friends for reading this. Nonnatoo