The weekend of November 12th I noticed a large growth under my right armpit. I then made a appointment to see my doctor. During my exam my doctor thought it would be best if they did a biopsy, they told me once they had the results I would be notified. On December 5th my doctor called and said the biopsy had tested positive for Lymphoma. My following appointment on December 19th my doctor explained the next process. First I needed to have another biopsy to confirm what the first one showed, second I needed to have a bone marrow draw to help them determined the type of Lymphoma I had since there are 13 types, and last I needed to have a Pet-Scan to see if it had spread anyplace else in my body. January 3rd they removed a lymph node under my right arm to do the biopsy, on January 6th I had a Pet- Scan.
On Friday, January 13 my oncologist called to inform me I had Burkitt-Lymphoma. Burkitt-Lymphoma is one of the fastest growing lymphomas. This means though, that since this is such a aggressive lymphoma it is more likely to be cured by treatment than many other types of lymphoma.
I will be entering the hospital this Tuesday, January 17th to have a series of test. Aa bone marrow draw then a spinal tap as Burkitt-Lymphoma can attack my central nervous system. After the tests I will start my chemo regiments. My doctor thinks I'll be in the hospital 5-6 days.