In the springtime right before my second round of PT school clinicals, I developed debilitating pain that woke me up every single night. I typically don’t like to be a complainer, but my symptoms brought me to see three different physicians. The first two assumed me to be just your regular active, healthy twenty-something. However, the third physician actually listened to me and started the ball rolling on ordering tests and scans.
On June 1st, I was then diagnosed with Stage II Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer that affects your blood cells and lymphatic system. Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is most often diagnosed in people in their early twenties; people who are usually otherwise the picture of perfect health. People like me. To say this was a scary diagnosis would be more than correct. But, I am lucky enough to be supported by the best family, friends, doctors, and nurses around to get me through this sucky reality.
Nonetheless, through all this scariness and unknown, I can’t help but feel sick to my stomach about how kids and their families may feel to hear the same news. That’s why I would love to come together as a friends and family to support kids with cancer and their families. Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (who is a Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor) funds cancer research and provides support to families at children’s hospitals through his foundation, The Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation. I couldn’t think of a more perfect way to give back and to show our support for little ones who are unnecessarily fighting this fight. If you want to learn more about this amazing foundation or donate further, click here: http://rizzo44.com
Finally, thank you to all of you who have already shown me what an amazing support system I have! I honestly couldn’t ask for better friends or family. You guys are rockstars.
**If anyone would like to read additional information about Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, some great resources include: www.lls.org and www.lymphoma.org. Check them out!**
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