Roberta Harriff

First post: Aug 9, 2022 Latest post: Jul 20, 2023
So… the background… After having some mild symptoms of an unproductive cough, shortness of breath and the occasional chest pain for a few months (or longer), I finally went an urgent care at the urging of my hubby. Never ever did cancer cross my mind as a possibly, yet here we are. A spot on a chest X-ray led to a chest CT and then test after test to figure out what type of cancer this mass was in my chest….

My diagnosis is non-Hodgkins primary mediastinal lymphoma, stage II. And yes, I’m fully intending on beating this thing and getting “Milton-the-Masshole” OUT of my body! Honestly, while I’m writing this I feel great, I don’t feel sick at all. But that is also thanks to 3 radiation treatments to shrink Milton a bit and bring me some relief while I waited for the full diagnosis.

It’s been a rollercoaster of activity since mid-June but my journey is just starting. How do you prepare for this kind of fight? How do you prepare your family for this when you don’t know what to expect yourself? Well, for now we are just focusing on staying open and positive.

I’m thankful for this place to share updates with friends and family and will appreciate every note of encouragement you take the time to write!