My cancer began in the bone marrow of my hips as small B cell nonhodgkins lymphoma. I was 39. By the time they found it and 6 months later diagnosed it, some of the cancer cells had transformed to large b cell and had spread to various bones all over my body. I've had spinal fusion with cadaver bone, 4 open bone biopsies, and a collapsed femur which was repaired with various rods, screws, plates, etc. I've had 8 rounds of CHOP and Rituxin as well as 13 treatments of Zometa (to regenerate bones)and have been in remission for 23 months. I'm wondering if anyone else has this type of cancer and if so, how long you've remained in remission. My doctor is very optimistic but I have to wonder if he's being realistic or if he's prescribing rose colored glasses for me. I like to be realistic. The initial shock was tough and I wish to avoid that again by trying to be realistic but optimistic at the same time (if that's possible.) God bless you all and I pray that He gives you the kind of peace He has given me - truly a peace that surpasses all understanding.