Back in August of 2017, I was hit with the news that nobody ever wants to hear.
I had been sick over the summer with various symptoms that could all be explained away as various things. The one thing, however, that we couldn’t figure out was a lump on the side of my neck. After a bunch of tests, biopsies, and meetings with doctors, I was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I was looking at 6 months of chemo, which I’m more than halfway done with now. I’ve been blessed to have amazing people in my life that have been a great support so far and will continue to be for my remaining two months. It was awesome to meet Amanda and Steve through Crowns of Courage and have a session done.
It’s hard to feel pretty with scars on the side of my neck and chest from biopsies and my port, so it was nice to have an afternoon of makeup and henna.
Through the Grace of God I am already mostly cancer free and have only to get through my last 5 treatments!
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This journey has changed me. It has reminded me of what is really important. It has reminded me to trust in the Lord. It has made me simplify my life and slow down and enjoy every moment. It has made me see how many people love me. It has made me bolder, stronger, tougher.
October 21st of every year will never be the same for as long as I live. It is the day I began my battle with cancer, and it is a day I will never forget.
After two mammograms, a couple of needle biopsies, and other tests, the surgeon said to me, “Someday I will have good news for you, but not today.” This started my journey with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma.