A Diagnosis That Changed My Life Forever

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When I was 19 years old, I was diagnosed with Type 2/Stage 2 Hodgkin Lymphoma on June 3, 2016. My life and health was about to take a 360 turn. I honestly never thought I would experience cancer being so young. I had so many plans, goals and dreams for my life that I wanted to pursue in my future. 

My symptoms first began on April 24, 2016. My oncologist called us and asked if we wanted to meet in the hospital to talk about everything from my symptoms, biopsy, and PET scan; to be clear about my health and what was going on. So, my mom and I planned to meet them on June 3, 2016. Honestly, I was anxious with a lot of thoughts going through my head when the oncologist came into the room to discuss everything. They told me I had cancer. It was hard to process the C word in the room. It was an emotional experience and I cried so much. I was so worried about my life because honestly, this change was something I was not prepared to accept. 

God helped with my process with cancer, giving me the strength and faith to have the peace to face this illness. And having my mom and friend. They supported me and encircled me with positivity, creating memories that I will look back on to see that I had the best attitude to fight this illness. 

September 7, 2016 was a happy day that I will never forget; a day of completing chemotherapy, being cleared of all tests and celebrating being cancer free. On October 11, 2016 I finished my radiation treatment. It was a season that turned into a victory. I fought this battle and was so proud of myself for seeing how strong I was. Fast forward to 2024: I will be celebrating my 8th cancer free anniversary this September. 

Thank you, Stupid Cancer, for creating a platform for cancer patients and cancer survivors to share our stories, giving each other strength and hope. This community opens doors to use our voices to change the world.

By: Yaneiry L Francisco