Cancer Strikes Again

I found out a couple days ago that a close relative has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (T-Cell). And I’m really, really worried. I’m being vague to respect my relative’s privacy, even though I’m not aware of anyone that knows me personally visiting this blog.

So far we don’t know much. I’m told this week will mark a series of doctor’s visits that will include a full body scan, PET scan and chemo visit #1.  It turns out that there are two types of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma – B cell and T cell. T cell seems to be the one they have a rougher time treating in most cases. What I’m most worried about is their attitude. This person has a tendency to pessimism all their life.

So now I’ve got a relative (child) with Leukemia, and now one with Lymphoma. While I couldn’t participate in the LLS activities this year, several of my friends are. I will be supporting them any way I can. In the meantime, I’ll be researching and trying to find things that will help while they endure the coming treatments. (If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know!) I realize I’ve been posting intermittently before this… I can’t say how this diagnosis might affect my presence here.

If you’re one that prays, I’m asking! And while you’re at it, hubby has an appointment to get some suspicious looking moles checked on Friday.


12 Responses to Cancer Strikes Again

  1. redriverpak says:

    Will keep your family in my prayers. Hope everything turns out well for your family members.

  2. Amy says:

    So sorry to hear that. My husband lost his father to Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma years ago, but they have many better treatments now. We’ve done the LLS Light the Night walk for a few years now. It’s a great organization.
    You and your family are in my thoughts.

  3. izziedarling says:

    Prayers already started.

  4. Thanks everyone, I really appreciate it!

  5. redriverpak says:

    Hope everything is going well for you and your family. Try to have a good day!

  6. redriverpak says:

    Just checkin in again. Have a great day! (or try to…) 🙂

  7. planejaner says:

    hoping all is well…it’s been quiet over here. I am honored to lift up those you love…and praying your heart is peaceful, too.

  8. In Mar 2006 had my triple by-pass. Must have had several dozen little tiny heart attacks decade prior. Had to retire school teacher. They found chronic lymohocytic leukemia. The white cell count stays double or triple and they watch and wait and the doctor says it’s pretty much benign. That “pretty much” part is not very comforting though. Probably have it two decades. I am 61. If it’s my time at least I will go clean and sober(8 1/2 years). They say “see ya in 6 months” all the time so far. It’s hard to be humorous or productive writing when so concerned with others, right? Keep your blog. Keep living. I am not afraid but am sole care taker my 86 years old parents and kids and grandkids really need me, I am pillars of family. Only thing I do different now is try never to be the source of some one else’s unhappiness. Be sure to be upbeat around these family members and never have that”you’ll be gone next” month look in your eye because they can sense it. And for all the loved ones and friends that are gone I am thankful they were part of my life. My prayers….

    • Hi there – thanks for sharing! I think so many things were going on, and all at once (isn’t that always the way?), that I needed a good, long break. But now I’m back! 🙂 Congrats on staying clean & sober, especially with all the challenges you’ve faced.

  9. redriverpak says:

    Just checkin in again. Hope everything is going well. 🙂

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