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Lymphoma: My whole life had to be put on hold

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Madeleine was recently diagnosed with a blood cancer called lymphoma. The following are all Madeleine’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.

As a 20-year-old young adult the word cancer wasn’t even in my vocabulary.

Fast track 12 months of being dismissed by multiple doctors who kept misdiagnosing me, I was diagnosed with [the blood cancer] Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Twenty years old. My whole life ahead of me, which had to be put on hold.

Six months of intense chemotherapy, 12 months (and counting) of side effects, hundreds (and counting) of blood tests, two CT scans, four ultrasounds, three PET scans, a bald head, no immune system, three nights in the ER being treated for an infection, IVF treatments and an egg retrieval later, I’m in remission.

Here, alive and grateful for my life. A new outlook on life, trying my best to navigate through life of remission.

I didn’t know anything about blood cancer prior to my diagnosis, no one talks about it. No one raises awareness., the Leukemia Foundation has helped me learn about blood cancer and still does to this day.

I am an advocate for blood cancer and I will forever spread awareness.

Last updated on September 9th, 2019

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