May 06, 2013 - 8:22 pm
Shortly after my dx I found this site and have been reading for a couple of months. There is no finer group of people than those at this site that give of their time to advise, comfort, and support ones just begining this journey. I cant thank you enough!
While new to this site, my fight with cancer started in a different venue. For six years Ive had forty skin cancers removed. Thankfully none were melenoma though starting out my doc said I could die at any time. A four hour surgery with a team of three surgeons successfully removed the threats and now I have check ups every six months. This cancer seems to be under control for now.
About eighteen months ago following a mohs surgery a lump started growing on my right temple. Sometimes the body fills in voids by growing fat cells called lipoma. They pose no danger but can get quite large. A punch biopsey confirmed lipoma and while busy removing other cancers the lipoma could wait. Finally on 9/11/2012 a plastic surgeon attempted its removal and lab showed fNHL grade 2 stage 3a.
I now see a Malignant Hemotologist I really like. I've had 3 ct-scans, an mri, and blood labs. Im told my blood looks really good, but have mesenteric, periportal, and pericardiophrenic lymphadenopathy. Swollen lymph nodes in neck, chest, and abdomen. My next onc app is on May 13 to get results of last ct-scan of my brain. My prayers now are that there is no cns lymphoma. This will be a long week of waiting.
Running a small landscape business in the spring has enough stress without dealing with cancer. Im still able to work 12 hr days but its getting hard. Bouncing around on a tractor a few days a week is tough on my lymph nodes. I love working and will be lost if I have to give it up. Have been told chemo will start soon with r-cvp. Best wishes to all.