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Who knew that a simple but persistent cough would have been a symptom of Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Justin started with a cough in January and we tried to help him by using an over the counter cough medicine. Ten days later it wasn't getting any better so I made an appointment with his pediatrician. He was prescribed a steroid to help him get over the "hump" of his coughing. Cough was gone during the steroid use but within 48-72 hours of finishing it the coughing was back. That seemed odd to both myself and my husband, Stan. I made another appointment and Justin saw a different doctor. This doctor wanted Justin to have an X-ray as well as put him on an antibiotic just in case pneumonia was brewing. The doctor called me the next day and said that "something" was showing on the X-ray and that he wanted a CT scan with contrast to get a better view. The only option for the CT was that Saturday, February 23. The pediatrician called me at 8am Monday, 2/25, and said that the CT showed "something" and that he had already sent the results to University of Maryland to get their thoughts. Having received phones calls from the doctors office before, I knew that the actual doctor calling was not a good sign. He said that he would call me when he heard back from them. I called Stan to give him an update and we both were relatively calm but anxiously awaited the return phone call. I received the phone call that no parent wants to receive......."you need to take Justin to University of Maryland Medical Center as soon as possible, they are waiting for him".