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My Story

Just a little bit about me. I am 28 years old and in April of 2013 I will have been in remission for 2 years. It is crazy to think that it has almost been two years since the doctor told me that I was in remission, but I feel like I have been living life on autopilot. I go through the motions and enjoy life but everyday that I wake up I think, is today the day that it comes back.

I was diagnosed with Burkitt's Lymphoma in the spring of 2011. It took close to two months from start to finish to figure out what was wrong with me, then after a visit with the local oncologist I knew that I needed to get better help and made the call to MD Anderson in Houston, TX (which was by far the best decision I have ever made).

I visited MD Anderson on a Monday and was told I was a stage 4 - and was admitted into their hospital on Thursday to start treatment. I had no idea what it was going to be like or what to expect but I had a great support system and my work family was amazing! I knew that I could do it and I knew that I would be able to kick cancer's butt!

However, I didn't know what the after effects would be. I am not saying that going through six months of treatments, 8 hospital stays for treatment and 4 hospital stays for infections was easy but it gave me short term goals to look forward to. Mini hurdles to jump over.

Now a little less than two years later I find myself worrying about what tomorrow may bring. I am hoping that talking about my feelings with others that may be experiencing the same things will help me work towards a happier me!

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