Cancer: Two Time Hodgkin's Disease Lymphoma
Years of Survivorship: 15
I was born and raised in Upstate New York. I moved to Roanoke in 2001 directly after High School. In 2002, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease Lymphoma (subtype Lymphocyte Predominant) at Lewis Gale Medical Center. My time with Dr. Paul Richards and the nurses at Lewis Gale taught me a great deal about life. Perhaps, the most important lesson was that we never know what life is going to bring our way. There I was just out of high school, a young man in the prime of my life stricken with this terrible disease I knew nothing about and figured (just like most) it would never happen to me. After the longest four months of my life and a vicious regime of chemotherapy, I was deemed to be in full remission just 6 months after my initial diagnosis. Just when things started to get back to normal about five years later in 2006 I received the unfortunate news that my P.E.T scan showed a relapse of the cancer and progression. At this point, the doctors in Roanoke had nothing else to offer me in terms of treatment and I was transferred to Duke University and Dr. David Rizzieri. I was then put into a trial with a drug called rituximab in combination with radiation treatment. The rituximab seemed liked a miracle drug to say the least. I had virtually no side effects from treatment and have been in remission since. I don’t know what I am going to face in the future but I do know that my battle this disease and the support from my church, family and friends has prepared me to fight the good fight.
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