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Sep 18, 2017
For the third time, I am once again dealing with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. This past July, a routine mammogram found a mass in my left breast that turned out to be the return of NHL. My awesome Fox Chase Team which is now run by Dr. Henry Fung, decided to go the route of 1. A clinical trial followed by 2. An allogeneic (with a donor) stem cell transplant. The clinical trial was a success, I am cancer free at the moment (yay) and the transplant will take place once again at Jeanes Hospital, in the Temple Bone Marrow Transplant Unit. My tentative (depending on how things go on the donor's side) date for hospital admission is January 13th. The date of transplant will be January 19th. I am positive and confident in my excellent medical team. I am also confident and blessed with the love and prayers/good thoughts and help of my truly awesome circle of loving friends, family and co-workers. i wouldn't even try to get through this without you. So here we go again, hold on!
Welcome to my CaringBridge site. After finishing three rounds of RICE chemotherapy at Fox Chase Hospital, I will begin preparations for a stem cell transplant (using my own stem cells) on January 18. I will enter Jeanes Hospital near the end of January and transplant day will be in early February. I will be hospitalized for 3 to 4 weeks following the transplant. I hope to use this site to keep family and friends updated. When I am unable to post, Celena will post for me. : )
After being originally diagnosed with indolent (slow growing) Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma in Sept 07, I was hospitalized at Fox Chase Cancer Center in May 08 when the cancer transformed to aggressive large cell lymphoma. Chemotherapy, love and prayers brought me to remission in Oct 08 and up until Oct 2012. When routine bloodwork showed a problem. Many tests later. and finally, a biopsy, it was evident that the aggressive large cell lymphoma was back. A stronger chemotherapy regimen, RICE was given. Each time, I had to enter the hospital for treatment. My last chemo was finished Dec.30. Next step is stem cell treatment for which I begin preparations on Jan 18th.