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Nov 9, 2018
Hello friends and family, As many of you know, I was diagnosed with Stage IV Hodgkin's Lymphoma in September '18.
I started my freshman year playing D1 hockey at AIC this fall. I started practicing with the team every day and immediately noticed that I was not able to keep up with my teammates. I was getting winded, throwing up, and losing a lot of weight. My coaches were concerned that I was falling behind, and started to suspect that something was going on. It got to the point where I couldn't even walk up the stairs to my dorm room - I knew that I needed to get checked out. I finally decided to go to my school's health clinic, and almost immediately the doctor noticed the extremely swollen lymph nodes in my neck. They ordered an X-ray and cat scan, and within 24 hours I had received the dreaded diagnosis...cancer.
Today, it has been a month since I got the news. It took weeks for the initial shock to wear off, but I have an amazing support system and I am ready to kick cancer's ass