I am a 25 year old male MMA enthusiast, I have three kids (Hayley who's 7, Michelle who's 7 and Ethan who's 3 with twins on the way) and I was recently diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. I had noticed that I had started getting really tired, I'd sweat more than usual especially at home, I had swollen lymph nodes around my arm pit and neck, lots of itching & soreness, I had head aches, fever, shortness of breath (especially troublesome since I'm in good shape and having trouble catching my breath especially after using a training mask), pain in my bones especially in my shoulders, upper arms, ribs and chest, not really hungry and I really noticed that weight was coming off more than I wanted and more rapidly than I wanted especially since I was getting ready for an amateur fight.
I went to the doctor and they did their blood work about 6 weeks ago after I told them about all my troubling symptoms. I got a call a few days later telling me I needed to come into the office, I was then told in the office that I had Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and that they thought I was stage 2 boardering on being stage 3. I was then referred to an oncologist who basically confirmed my general doctor's diagnosis. I was then booked for surgery to remove the affected lymph nodes. I think it's the first time I cried since I was a little kid.
My oncologist and I are now talking about getting a port and starting chemotherapy. I am so scared to start chemotherapy because its such an unknown. I've had a PICC line before because I had Lyme Disease when I was a teenager from a Boy Scout camping trip.
Can you tell me what your experience was like getting a port put in? What can I expect getting it? What was your first week like with it? What's it like getting Chemo treatments? Will I lose my hair getting these treatments? How long will I be bald? Will I regrow my hair before my treatments are over? How did you break the news to your kids and how did they react? Were you in the hospital for any of your treatments?