Welcome to Sonja Voss's CaringBridge site. We've created it to keep her friends and family up-to-date as she undergoes chemotherapy for Hodgkin's Lymphoma. If you leave her a note of encouragement, we will make sure she sees it! ____________
Back in December, my mom, Sonja, and her husband Victor came from Maine to Minnesota for a visit. The day after Christmas, Mom started coughing and rapidly became quite ill. During the month of January her health grew worse and worse and she began fainting, losing weight, and being unable to keep food down. After one 911 call, two CT scans, three ER visits, and four nights at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville, Mom was transferred to Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, where a PT scan revealed cancerous lymph nodes in her abdomen. After a surgical biopsy, Mom was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, however two bone marrow biopsies found that the cancer had fortunately not spread to her bones. Before she could start chemotherapy, mom went through one more surgery to have a port installed in her chest.
As of right now, the plan is for Mom to continue staying with us for the duration of her treatment, as she isn't strong enough to travel back to Maine at this time, and the doctors are still establishing a treatment plan and medications. She is receiving treatment through the University of Minnesota's cancer care clinic, which is adjacent to Fairview Southdale Hospital. Chemo is every other Wednesday, with trips to the clinic several times each week for IV fluids and steroids. Her treatment plan originally involved 12 chemo infusions, however the timeline is uncertain due to some setbacks, which are discussed in the journal below. At this point, Mom has been through four chemo infusions.
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