I’m 55 and on March 1 2015 learned I had a 16cm mass in my abdomen with swollen lymph nodes that a biopsy confirmed as bulky follicular lymphoma (non-Hodgkins), stage 3B. In mid-March I began chemotherapy: six treatments at three-week intervals with the last on June 30. The chemo eliminated most of the lymph node swelling, with a subsequent PET scan showing the mass reduced by close to 50%. The next step is radiation and I started that on September 3.
I’m doing OK so far and the doctors say my prognosis is good. A big reason is as soon as I learned I had cancer I put aside my brand-new career as a freelance web developer to concentrate on beating it. Now more than ten months later I’m back at work. That’s the good news; not so good is since I don’t qualify for disability, my savings are gone.
With this campaign I’m asking you for the gift of time: a stretch of months to keep a roof above my head and the cat fed while I finish treatment, recover my strength and start bringing in income on my own. Many kind people have generously given their time and emotional support to get me this far and for that I’m grateful beyond words. With your help I’ll be able to put this behind me.
For an ongoing account of my cancer experience please see my lymphoma blog.