On Tuesday, December 2, 2015, Brenden woke up and felt he slept on his neck wrong. He had difficulty moving his head. On Wednesday, it was the same thing. Thursday morning, he asked me to call him in sick to school. On Friday, December 4, I took him dinner at work and seen his neck was swollen to twice the size as normal. After asking many people, everyone seemed to think he had mono. I took him to the Express care on Saturday, December 5. The doctor there looked at him and immediately told me to take him to Trinity West to have a CT scan. It was then that we were told there was a high probability that he had lymphoma.
Our family doctor got us set up with Iowa City first thing Monday morning. A second CT scan was done, and we found affected lymph nodes in Brenden's neck, under his left arm, down his chest wall lining, and in his groin. There was also a large mass in his neck, going down into his chest.
Brenden's first surgery was done on December 8, 2015. It was then that they found a mass measuring 4" x 3" in diameter. Unfortunately, the initial reading of the biopsy was inconclusive, and they could not tell us if Brenden had lymphoma or some type of infection. We were released from the hospital late on Wednesday, December 9, with the promise of a phone call on Thursday with the results.
The phone call came at 1:00pm on Thursday, December 10, 2015. It was cancer, and they were pretty certain it is Hodgkins Lymphoma, and the mass in his neck was, in fact, a tumor.
Fought the same fight about 4 years ago. Its really tough right now, but it gets better. Being at the University, he'll be getting the best care possible! The nurses and staff are amazing and will help you with anything, just dont be afraid to ask! Chemotherapy and radiaton may seem scary right now, but trust me, it gets better. If you guys need anything, feel free to message me!
My neice went through this 3 years ago. I would love for her to be able to get in touch with Brendon, She was 17 years old and a senior in highschool, was it a fight yes..and I truly believe she would be able to give Brendon courage and be his cheerleader... Hers started with a lump on the back of her neck And one was in the lung and on the spleen... She is now cancer free..Hogskins lymphoma is very cureable..But it takes a fight to get there... If my brother or my neice could be of any help to you all please please let me know...My e mail is lorijo230@Yahoo. com. Also Julie Benson is my cousin and she can reach me... My neice and my brother live in Arizona and they both would be willing to make a friendship with you all... May God bless Brendon and each and every one of you.. Keep your chin up and fight the fight.... Lori
I will be praying for him
I'm so sorry to hear this. I live here in the quad cities and fought stage 2B Hodgkins lymphoma. I have the most amazing oncologist in Davenport, IA. I wish you the best! It has a good success rate so just stay positive.
You can beat this. I have stage 3C Melanoma and I am being treated at the university of Iowa and wouldn't go anywhere else. Wonderful staff and doctors. We are blessed to have a place to go to and have hope. The first several months are hard but let Jesus christ guide you through this and everything will all work out! Blessing to you!
My cousin fought this battle at St. Judes in Memphis in the 70's. He has two children and lives in Dallas. We will be praying for you. You will beat this.