Together we are standing up to cancer


My cancer story begins midway through June 2015 when, after showering, I noticed a lump on the back of my head. I went to my doctor, got an appointment for a scan in July and genuinely thought it wasn’t a big deal. But then the headaches started. They were so intense and sharp, almost blinding. What was so hard about it was how I just couldn’t tell people about it. My family and work colleagues knew about it, but I just could not open up to anyone else about it as I didn’t know what was wrong with me. It was so frustrating.

After several scans, assessments and biopsies, I was diagnosed with B-Cell Lymphoma in the first week of August. When I heard the diagnosis, I just froze. I couldn’t process it. I could not eat, talk or even think straight. It just felt like the end of the world. My treatment began 2 weeks after my diagnosis. It did not go well. I suffered an allergic reaction to one of the chemotherapy drugs and had to spend the night in Accident & Emergency. I felt so sick. I vomited three times within 36 hours of the treatment. I was so annoyed with myself because I felt I should not have been vomiting. The medicine I was given to make me better was leaving my body. I should not be sick. This should not be happening to me!

In the past month, I have had two treatments. They have gone much better thankfully. I get reminded so much about the worst part of my cancer diagnosis. So I try to focus on the fun side. I have joined various night classes and gotten involved with local cancer groups. It is so important for me to have fun as I undergo treatment. So much of my journey has been terrible but I cannot let it get me down. Cancer cannot beat me, I just won’t let it.

One Response

  1. Be brave enough to endure all pain. It is helpful to focus on the “fun side” of your situation. Thank you for sharing your story.
    Madeline Calahanlink 1/26/2020 05:07:48 PM

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