Jim D. Fights Lymphoma
In November 2016, my son noticed a swollen lymph node in the groin area that looked like a common cyst. It kept growing, so his doctor recommended doing scans and a biopsy, which came back negative for any type of cancer. He underwent a series of blood tests over the next few months, but nothing suggested the possibility that it could be cancer.
Towards the end of March 2017, his legs began to swell and hurt to the point that he could barely walk. He had a low-grade fever, chills and other influenza-like symptoms, so he thought he had caught a virus.
As time progressed he felt worse, so he visited to the ER and was sent home with a diagnosis of Cellulitis (an infection) and given an antibiotic. The antibiotics did not improve any of his symptoms and he kept getting worse.
He drove to another ER a few days later, and this time he was admitted and given emergency surgery to remove the swollen lymph node. A second biopsy was performed, but this time, the pathology report revealed that he had a rare form of Hodgkin's lymphoma as well as Erythema Nodosum in his lower legs.
He needs to start treatments asap and they are in need of help. He and his wife are going to have to travel a lot for his treatments (they opted for a combination of conventional and integrative medical care), which are only partly covered by his health insurance. The funds collected will be used to for treatments/medical expenses not covered by insurance and traveling expenses.
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"And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up". James 5:15 NIV
Today Jim had his first appointment with the oncologist. The doctor gave them an in-depth explanation of the condition and went over the suggested treatment plan and side effects of the treatments (chemo and radio). He scheduled a PET scan for next week and requested lymphedema therapies for Jim.
The lymphedema therapist will perform manual compression lymphatic massage. It should help to manage (not treat, unfortunately) the swelling in the legs, which got more severe after the surgery. The oncologist recommended slow walking (that's all he can do anyway), and being extremely careful not get injured because injuries in the legs while having lymphedema can lead to serious infections. At the moment, the lymphedema is the only painful symptom that he is experiencing, so we hope that therapy will help with that.
Please, continue to share this campaign on Facebook and keep Jim in your prayers. Jeremiah 29:11-12 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you."