Apr 27, 2022 Latest post:
Jun 23, 2022
Hi Everyone! As most of you know by now, I have been diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma Cancer. It feels crazy to even write that, as it's been a lot to process in such a short amount of time. I first noticed a tightness in my throat in March, and by April it was really bothering me, as it felt like I was choking. I kept trying to loosen my shirt collars around my neck but nothing was even touching my neck. Then one day I noticed that my neck looked swollen. I thought it was something to do with my thyroid so I tried to make a Dr. appointment. They couldn't see me for a few weeks so I decided to go to Urgent Care. There they did an ultrasound of my neck and found the tumor.
I've since seen many doctors and had so many CAT scans, PET scans, X-rays and biopsies!! It's been a rapid process because my tumor is large and intertwined with very delicate things from my trachea down to my sternum. While I was hoping for surgery, it's currently too big to operate on. I'll be starting chemo this week in the hopes of shrinking the tumor.
I can't believe I was diagnosed with cancer and start treatment all within 2 weeks. I start chemo on Thursday! Let’s see how I can make it some sort of glamour challenge 🤪
I'm so lucky to have such incredible friends and family! I cannot emphasis enough how overwhelmed I am with love and support.
Please know that I'd like to use this website to keep family and friends updated in one place, as having to repeat information over and over is exhausting. I need your help to protect my headspace. This process is scary and emotionally exhausting, and while I want to hear from you all, it's becoming hard to maintain multiple conversations over text relaying the same information. I'm making an effort to keep my texts free from talking about cancer, which helps me to not always be thinking about it.
Please check in here for updates and send me positive thoughts & vibes on the well wishes page, or email me (email@example.com). That way I can choose the best times for me to respond to you.
I love the idea of coming to this site or checking my email when I'm needing words of hope and encouragement from all of you! ♡
Many of you have asked for ways to help, and I'm so grateful to know I can call on you! Right now I'm feeling like I have it under control. But that will likely change over time and I will update the ways to help here on CaringBridge.
I realize this is a lot of not very fun, confronting news. Please know that I am committed and determined to beat this thing and know it will take all my time, attention, and intention along with the best medical resources available -- and all of your love and support. My top request is for you all to please visualize me in my radiance and health, laughing with you over a cocktail, and celebrating life!