This is the last thing I would ever expect to write about but here I go...
My name is Claire. I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma (a type of blood cancer) in December 2017. After 6 long months of fighting and multiple chemo treatments, I was deemed cancer free in November of 2018. Sadly, that joy was short lived, and in April of 2019 I was told that the cancer had come back and had to undergo chemotherapy treatment once again. So I started the chemo treatment that same month. I never stopped working so I could pay for the treatment. I am single and I still live with my mom who is already retired. My sister is still in college and studying. After 9 doses of the new chemo, scans revealed that the 2nd line of treatment regimen is not working anymore and would need to start on a salvage chemo (DHAP) and would need transplant that would increase chances of remission. It cost a lot of money which our family could not afford. By this time, the doctor advised me to stop working as DHAP can be very tough on the body. That would mean no steady income for the family and to pay the medical bills that are pouring in.
Please help me as I go through this difficult journey.
This is all too much to take and I'm still standing as tall and strong as I can. My body hurts and I am very tired. I am not sure when I can go back to work because they aren't sure how my body will handle chemo.
Thank you, everyone!