Lymphoma: it’s made me value my life
Kristy Pyle was diagnosed with a blood cancer called lymphoma. The following are all Kristy’s words, shared with the Leukaemia Foundation to help raise awareness of blood cancer during September’s Blood Cancer Awareness Month 2019. You can share your story, too, by clicking here.
I was 29 with a 3 year old daughter when I found a lump the size of an egg in my neck. That was a Saturday. On the Monday I went to the doctor, he booked me in for tests – which revealed I had cancer.
I went to see an Oncologist and began Chemo treatment within two weeks. He revealed I had Stage 2 Hodgkin Lymphoma.
We had to travel to Albury every second Tuesday which was a 3 hour round trip. It was tough and made me very very sick for the remainder of the week, I would come good the next week then back for the next treatment on the following Tuesday, I had 8 rounds of chemo!
I then began radiation treatment. I had it each day for 19 days, so once again a 3 hour round trip each day!
It was a lot of travelling but it was important to me to keep things as normal as possible for my 3 year old daughter.
Now 11 years on I am cancer free. I still have yearly check ups which I don’t mind going too as it gives me piece of mind that I am still ok.
Having cancer has made me really value my life, I don’t take things for granted, I tell those I love that I love them all the time. I always tell people to be aware of their bodies, check themselves for any changes and as scary as it is to get checked quickly.
Having cancer is scary but I am thankful everyday that I got better.
My Oncologist Dr Richard Eek from Border Medical Oncology is my hero – he saved my life and I will be forever grateful to him.
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