Erin, Hodgkin's Lymphoma, by Brihannah Rilstone

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I’m just happy to still be alive

I was diagnosed four months after my 18th birthday. I woke up one morning and had a lump on the left side of my neck. I didn't think anything of it until the next day when it had doubled in size. A few days later I find out I had Cancer. It didn’t really click what it was until my mum explained it was what Delta Goodrem had. I went for a biopsy and booked in to see an Oncologist that specialized in Hodgkins Lymphoma so I could get the best treatment. Within a couple of weeks of finding out I started Chemotherapy, which I received every fortnight for six months. I had an Infusaport inserted into my chest and I was on steroids because the cancer had spread from my neck down the left side of chest and into my lung. I was working at the time of being diagnosed and had to leave due to the severe fatigue, nausea and losing all of my hair.

After those six months of Chemo I was finally in remission, had my Infusaport removed and kept having CT scans every three months. I am now 23 years old and still in remission. I find it hard to work because I still suffer from severe fatigue and other issues but I try my best to push past them and forget. To this day I still find it hard to believe I went through so much. I see my scars (battle wounds as I like to call them) every day and they remind me of what I went through. I'm just happy to still be alive.