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My Lymphoma Journey
Jan 20, 2018 Latest post:
Jan 28, 2018
Hi. My name is Melissa! And I was just diagnosed with cancer. I have stage 3 Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. I am a 35 year old wife and mother to 4 girls and 2 boys♡! 6 amazing God sent blessings. Every day is about them. For the last 15 years I've devoted my whole life to raising my kids and doing the best I can. For 15 years I put myself last. Including my health. In 2014 I had gone to the er with stomach pains. I was dimissed like usual and for 2 years I went on never knowing what was really wrong. I went back to doctor and he ordered me a petscan. After I came across my medical records online stating I had enlarged lympth nodes on the right side of my pelvis. At that same time I had just found out I was pregnant with my 6th child, Lincoln. Everything was put on hold. I had him Feb. 2nd, 2017. I was having so many issues. Feverish fluish. Achey and tired. All the time. ALLLL the time. My primary doctors tried 3times to get me a ct. But my insurance kept denying them. Nov 2017 I found a large lump near my right elbow and 2 days later a large lump in my right armpit. This is what helped lead to my diagnosis. One of these lumps were close enough to my breast...and i was sent for a mammogram! They found about 5 enlarged lympth nodes on my right armpit and 5 on my left. I was in shock! They had me get a biopsy done. And 5 days later on Jan 15th I found out I had lymphoma! The C word.... ! Cancer! I am going to journal my journey and fight this thing with all I have in me! God is WITH me!
With every appointment comes a price. With every procedure comes a price. A cost that we didn't prepare for. A cost that we couldn't prepare for. Yes. We are asking for help. Whether it's prayer, reaching out, or helping offset costs associated with this diagnosis, we are thankful for any and all of the support we will receive. My family and I say thank you for your support and for your prayers.