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kpaulsen21
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Joined: Dec 2010

Hello, I am new to CSN, and I could really use some support. I have hodgkins lymphoma. I was diagnosed about a month after I had my first baby. I am currently undergoing Chemo, I just finished #5 out of 12, so I am almost halfway done. At the end of my Chemo treatments I will have to undergo Radiation therapy. I am wondering how hard it takes you to recover? I have been trying to care for my baby as much as possible, with some wonderful help from family, so I am just trying to be prepared. Any side effects and how long you would want someone to help you would be appreciated. Thanks, Kate

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cathyp
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Joined: Dec 2009

Hi Kate,

So sorry sbout your dx. Not sure if this will help because it was so long ago and not quite the same for me as you. I had rads first in 1989 for HD. Unfortunately, I was hospitalized w/side effects (esphogitis) and tx was delayed for awhile. Back then, they did not have meds for nauseau and I was constantly throwing up...Then 5 yrs later, 1 month after the birth of my daughter, I was dx'd w/a recurrence. I had ABVD and was able to take care of her for the most part. Just felt like I had the flu the first few days after a treatment. As you know, we all respond differently to treatments and hopefully they will not be too harsh on you.

kpaulsen21
Posts: 2
Joined: Dec 2010

I am taking the ABVD right now, and i have been able to take care of my little boy like you did with your daughter. I am not undergoing radiation yet, so I was just trying to be prepared. It sounds like a lot of the time you do both at the same time. Thanks so much! It is nice to have support from you!

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