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- I was Diagnosed with:
- Hodgkins Lymphoma Stage IIA
- Date of Diagnosis:
- September 27, 2011
- Employment Status:
- Type and Description of Treatments:
- 9 months of Chemo followed by 30 days of radiation. Had a couple of surgeries.
- How do you feel today?
Not that great. I am frequently down.
- Since the diagnosis, what has changed in your life?
I barely let myself have a month off before I resumed school where I battled with a lot of post cancer symptoms. I tried going through tough science courses but had to drop out because of chemo brain. I was diagnosed with PTSD and major depression when 6 months after it happened I started having serious issues. I transfered schools and did poorly and eventually had to take medical leave to deal with the PTSD. I was homeless earlier this year and I don't know if I'll be in this place this month or if I have to move.
- What is going well for you right now?
I have a supportive partner.
- What is not going well for you right now?
I lost my health insurance since I moved states and can't get anybody to get a hold of me to get on the other state health insurance. I was forced to withdraw from all of my medications which actually made me feel a little better. But I have trouble sleeping at night and am on edge. Can't relax. Anxious.
- What has been the most challenging thing about having cancer?
I don't feel as smart as I was before cancer. I can't handle a lot of things and especially people. People make me angry and being in public is difficult for me.
- When difficulties overwhelm you, where do you go for support?
Being in public and the little things in life. My dad was in a horrific motorcycle accident and that didn't phase me at all but little things like being on public transportation just piss me the right off.
- How have your long-term goals or life goals changed since diagnosis?
No, not really. I am still determined to get well enough to be back into school.
- What is your work arrangement right now? What are your hours?
I am unemployed.
- Since the diagnosis, what has changed in your work life?
I lost my job.
- What advice do you have for others trying to work through treatment?
Don't work while going through treatment, I had really serious side effects which prevented me from walking properly.
- How have you dealt with any side effects of treatment?
By failing my classes and being very difficult on myself.
- If "today's you" could give advice to "day-of-diagnosis you," what would you say?
Perhaps things would have been easier if you didn't accept treatment. Then you wouldn't be in so much pain now.