” Keep Going Don’t Stop! KGDS!”
Something my grandpa always said, stuck with me on my journey to hell and back.
Barbara was diagnosed with Stage 2B Hodgkin’s Lymphoma January 21st, 2014. She has successfully defeated her disease. She is a top real estate agent based in Portland.
“November 2013, I found a lump under my arm. At first, I thought it was nothing and everyone assured me it was. A month went by and I had new lumps. Larger and under both arms. I made an appointment with my doctor. By the time I got into the doctor. The lumps were bulging out of my neck. I knew something was wrong. I then had an ultrasound on the enlarged lymph nodes. I really knew something was wrong while being looked at they patted my arm and told me everything would be ok ….my doctor called with the results of stage 2B Hodgkin’s Lymphoma January 21st, 2014. I was 29, newly married with an 18-month-old son.”
“The big “C” it was then. The large unknown. Completely terrifying. I ended up going 8 rounds of chemotherapy and years of follow up visits. Chemo was terrible and almost killed me. I lost 25 lbs in about a month and ended up in the ER followed up with a week stay in quarantine because I had no immune system left. I froze eggs before starting chemo so I could ensure another child was a possibility in my future. It was nearly too much for my 29-year-old mind to handle…but I survived and am 4 years in remission. I have a better outlook on life and know I can handle much more than I ever thought I could.”
Motivation to fight cancer
“My toddler son Miles – he was my ultimate reason to keep going.”
Message to other cancer patients
“You CAN survive. Be your own advocate with your health providers. Listen but ask questions. Ask for a time out if you feel you need one. You will be glad you did. It might just save your life”
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