I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in April 2006. After I recovered from the shock of learning I had cancer, I had a lot of questions. My doctors could answer the technical questions I had about my treatments and side effects…but I typically left those doctors’ appointments with loads of other questions:
What is it like to get a chemo treatment? Will it hurt?
Am I going to look like a freak if my eyelashes fall out?
How the heck am I supposed to incorporate all of these doctors appointments, shots, and chemo and radiation treatments into my already busy life?
I didn’t really know anyone else that had been through cancer treatments, so I couldn’t turn to family and friends for answers. I found that most of the cancer information available on the internet was technical in nature - symptoms of different types of cancer, survival rates, courses of treatment, etc. It was difficult to find answers to the more hands-on, practical types of questions I had.
I progressed through my cancer treatments and am proud to say that I am now almost four years cancer-free! During the four years since my diagnosis, I have been contacted countless times by others that have been diagnosed with cancer. One of the scariest parts about cancer is having unanswered questions, so it is extremely rewarding when I can answer questions for others by sharing my experiences and knowledge.