Rachel was diagnosed with stage 4B Hodgkin lymphoma in February She was 26 years old. She looked to her parents who exchanged the same look of disbelief and shock, then quickly looked away before fear and sadness settled across their faces. This has to be a mistake, where did this even come from? What happens now? Everything happens for a reason, even cancer.
This section is for teenagers and young adults and is about a type of cancer called Hodgkin lymphoma. Normally cells in our body divide and grow in a controlled way. But sometimes cells keep dividing and grow out of control. This is how cancer develops.
Just two years earlier, in , my world was turned upside down when I was diagnosed with cancer. Fox Chase Cancer Center was one of two hospitals her doctor recommended. Tierra underwent chemotherapy and radiation therapy at Fox Chase, and in November was placed on surveillance because her cancer was in remission.
I was diagnosed on Valentine's Day, , just after my 22nd birthday. My senior year of college was derailed by having to leave school and move back into my childhood bedroom to undergo chemotherapy. Instead of finishing college, I faced a Stage III Hodgkin's Lymphoma diagnosis and the daunting task of accepting my mortality as a scared, confused young woman. But my story doesn't start with my diagnosis; I had been sick for over a year before I received the news of my cancer on that not-so-sweet day in February.