After 9 days of what seemed to be a virus that wouldn’t go away, I was admitted to our local ER on Sunday, Dec 12, where they told me I had extremely abnormal blood counts. They ran more tests, kept me overnight, and transported me to Tufts Medical Center in Boston the following day. After 5 days of rigorous tests, observations and procedures, they determined that I have a very aggressive and rapidly growing b-cell lymphoma.
Chemotherapy was started as soon as the diagnosis was determined as there was no time to waste. I am alive today thanks to the excellent healthcare team at Tufts Medical and all the years of research on cancer cures and treatments. Sixty or seventy years ago the outcome would not have been an optimistic one.
I would be lying to you if I didn’t say this is all very overwhelming and frightening, not to mention sudden and completely unexpected. My life changed completely from one day to the next but I think I am starting to adjust to my new reality. The good news is that the lymphoma I have is curable and I have every intention of winning this battle. I am in full warrior mode and ready for whatever comes next.
This is a journey both Paul and I are embarking on together and I couldn't have a better team member! It is so much easier facing this as a team instead of on one's own. Some very close friends of ours have also been by our side since the beginning which is another blessing.
We want to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support we have received since the beginning. We have never felt alone because so many people have come forward to help out in different ways. We are also very appreciative for all the good wishes and prayers since they have a very positive outcome. We feel very blessed indeed.
With lots of love, Sandra
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