In November, 2017, I had my tonsils out to address some swelling that was interfering with my swallowing and talking, and a biopsy revealed cancer. I have a variation of non-Hodgkins Lymphoma called mantle cell. Testing indicates that it started in my tonsils and has spread into the bone marrow. Though it is stage 4 cancer, it is treatable and the prognosis is good. In order to achieve the most favorable results, treatment will be aggressive. There will be about 5 months of chemo followed by a stem cell transplant. Because I'm fortunate enough to have a twin sister, the doctors are interested in using her as a donor which could increase the chances of staying in remission. I will finish with 2-3 years of maintenance therapy, which is a type of a mild chemo and effective for lymphoma patients. Though it will be a lengthy process, doctors are very optimistic.
I have an amazing family and other resources to help me fight this fight. Thank you for your thoughts, prayers and support.