The Official Diagnosis

So today, on Halloween, it is official – I have stage 3B Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Spooky.

Stage 3 means that the cancer is advanced and has spread to two parts of my body, using the diaphragm as the 'divider'. The B means that I have been experiencing negative side effects from the cancer itself.

I went with my parents to see the haematologist who confirmed what we already were expecting to hear. The biopsy results were back and I guess this brings closure. Gone are the long, sleepless nights of endless mind-wandering about worst case scenarios. In its place comes closure and clarity. At least I now know the face of the demon I must slay (yes, please expect this blog to be dramatic).

Taken 14th October 2013
The photo is from a few weeks ago when I was having a lymph node biopsy. The procedure was relatively painless, mainly because I requested sedation. And lunch was waiting for me when I was done. Bonus.

I plan to update this blog whenever I have a new or recurring experience, for example medication, chemotherapy, consultancy visits and such. Hopefully you will find it reassuring and informative. 

Joshua Lerner

Hi! I’m the 'star' of Livin' With Lymphoma. The blog was founded on the 31st October 2013, on the day I was diagnosed with Stage 4B Hodgkin's lymphoma. I hope you find it funny and informative.

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