Nov 02, 2011 - 9:50 pm
I found out I had FNHL March 2009. R-CHOP began Nov. 2009 and ended March 2010. Today was Rituxan treatment #7 and yearly CT scans. All was clear and I am still in remission with my last treatment on Feb. 8, 2012. I really have no side effects with Rituxan. Only issue is a sleepless night on treatment days because of steroids. I have a great Dr. at the Sitemen Cancer Center in St. Louis. On Oct. 1, 2011 I ran my first timed 5K for Race To Cure Lymphoma and completed the race in 32:24 with no training. I am 61 years only. My one bit of advice to fellow cancer survivors is to talk to your oncologist or primary doctor concerning depression. Everytime I went to my primary doctor he kept asking me questions about my feelings. Final I had a conversation and he said lets try some medication. Now when I go he ask me to tell him three things that I feel make be feel better. With the help of medication my outlook is so much better and I am happier. I am able to deal with stress better and it has even help my back problems. My wife is so happy that I am able to live a better feeling life as I trave this journey. I have been a reited teacher for 4 years and no even have a fun part-time job. My wife and I travel several times a year. I share this information in hopes it will help others as they travel the road as a survivor and one that knows FNHL is not curable-yet-but is manageable.