On May 20th 2014 I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. A form of Cancer that was very foreign to me. I’ve worked in the Healthcare field for 7 years prior to my diagnosis and never heard of that form of Cancer in my life. Hodgkins Lymphoma are cancers that start in white blood cells called lymphocytes. There are 2 types of lymphoma. Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. These lymphomas respond, behave and spread differently, so it’s very important to be sure of which one you have.
The first sign that something was changing inside of me, was in January 2014. I started to develop a really bad cough which span in a time frame of 2 weeks. I was to afraid to schedule an appointment to see my primary care physician, because I knew that something was wrong and I didn’t want to know anything negative. This cough eventually disappeared, but left me with small knots in my neck. I was currently in Stage 1 of Hodgkins Lymphoma, but had no clue that my life was changing right before my eyes and that I had already had Cancer.
As I approached Stage 2 of Hodgkins Lymphoma. The knots in my neck grew larger and I started to feel a really bad itchy sensation on my legs every night while laying in bed. The condition that I was developing was called pruritus, it is an uncomfortable, irritating sensation that makes you want to scratch, even though your skin may be moist, Pruritis gives you the urge to scratch.
I eventually set an appointment up with my primary care physician and he immediately scheduled an urgent appointment to get a fine needle Biopsy performed in my thyroid that same day. Once the results came back I immediately started fighting something I hardly knew.