After ten days of waiting to hear the biopsy results of a lymph node removed from my neck, on November 22 we were driving towards the doctor’s office. It was a grey and rainy day.
Days before my appointment, Dave and I talked about all possible scenarios and perhaps it is his military background but he said something that completely calmed me down: “Let’s hope for the best, but be ready for the worst”
So there we were at the doctor’s office hoping for the best. I was very calmed so was Dave. The doctor sat in front of us -I still remember his words- and said: “I am so so sorry to tell you this news, but unfortunately you have Hodgking’s Lymphoma”.
My first reaction was to close my eyes and cry. I was somehow ready and “prepared” to hear bad news so I carefully listened to the doctor and asked many questions. Dave and I left the office sad but thinking about next steps.
Hodgking’s Lymphoma is a type of blood cancer , each year about 8,000 people in the US are diagnosed with this disease. This type of cancer has a good prognosis and great survival rates. Although the causes of the lymphoma are unknown and perhaps multifactorial, it is a treatable and curable cancer and I am going to beat it.
I have gone through all the emotions you can imagine, it is not easy to digest a news of this sort considering that I look healthy, I take care of my diet and I exercise regularly. There is no point for me to think about why me or the unfairness of life. It is clear to me that the road to heal starts with a positive mind, the attitude of a fighter.
In this sense, this blog is a way to share those things that feed the spirit and the mind in order to heal the body.
I am grateful for all the blessings I have received and for those that I will receive. I am grateful that I have an incredible husband, great doctors and the support and love of family and friends.
This is a journey and I am hoping and praying for the best!!!