It all started with a lump. I remembered feeling it under my skin, and being concerned. But, like most healthy 20-somethings, I didn’t think too much about it. Until it started to change shape. That’s when I went to the doctor.
She checked it out, and I could tell from her expression that I wasn’t going to like what she was about to say. Sure enough, she diagnosed me with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. My first thought was shock, followed by fear. What would happen next?
My doctor and the medical team took care of me. They ran some tests and did a biopsy. After that, they put me on a treatment plan. For me, this meant a combination of chemo and radiation. I had a few rough weeks, but my treatments worked and I started to feel better.
I didn’t go through this process alone. My family and friends were an incredible support system. They were there to celebrate my successes and give me hope when things were tough. I also took advantage of the resources available to me, including counseling and support groups.
Today, I’m feeling healthy and I’m grateful for the journey I’ve been on. I know that I’m one of the lucky ones. I’m thankful for the advancements in medicine that allowed me to treat my Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and have a chance at a full recovery.
This story has been written by Kevin Pinto.