Monday, January 31, 2005

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Saturday, January 29, 2005


Yay! South Carolina's first snow of the year! You have to admit even though its not much, if you live in the south, when it snows-you get excited. It's mostly just ice and sleet, but there is a thin blanket of snow, always nice to look at. I'm feeling alright today, a little headache like always after chemo, but hey lets face it-it could be way worse. I have been surfing the web for Hodgkin's Disease websites and stuff. Even got on a mailing list, where patients ask questions and have discussions about treatment. I think I feel a nap coming on. Until next time...

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Thursday, January 27, 2005

Half-way there!

Wow! 6 chemo treatments down, 6 to go! I never thought I would be writing about my chemo treatments at 22. Its great for me to be able to write about it though. Its much easier and more fun to type this stuff down, instead of write it in a journal. Yesterday I felt terrible, I made the mistake of driving myself, I was trying to be tough, but the drive home was more tough. I feel much better this morning. I have to go get one of those great shots today that keep my blood counts up. There seems to be only one nurse there that can give me that shot without it burning!

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Taken at Tiger in Leeds, England Summer 04 Posted by Hello
Visiting my friend Kimberly who studied at Leeds University for one semester from South Carolina.

Cancer at 22

Imagine being happy, healthy, good looking, twenty-one, about to be twenty-two, just about to finish your college career. One day you wake up feeling great on your way to school, you notice a lump on the side of your neck. Within two weeks you are diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease Lymphoma. CANCER. That's me. Cancer doesn't happen to people like me, and certainly not someone who is 22 years old. That was my old way of thinking. Now I know cancer doesn't discriminate against race, age, ethnicity, or religon. Today, it has been almost three months since my diagnosis. I endure chemotherapy over a 24 hour period every other week. A girl who used to be consumed with the way she looked, now sees there are far more important things in life. Those long, dark, curly locks that I used to get complimented on every day are gone. Sometimes I still get discouraged. But mostly I feel like this happened to me for a reason. Maybe to change my outlook on life, or to teach me some sort of lesson. I may never know. What I do know is how I want my experience to teach others and support others dealing with cancer. I hope to raise cancer awareness. If only one person goes for a routine checkup and discovers cancer, early, able to treat it and live a longer life because of me, I will feel complete.