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Stage 4 Hodgkin Lymphoma survivor shares her inspiring journey


becky hodgkin survivor

Favorite Quote:

 “Life is too short not to live it to its fullest.”

Becky was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin lymphoma in 2017. Fortunately, she has defeated cancer and take control of her healthy life again.

The Diagnosis

“I was diagnosed Oct 2017 after being sick for months. After being diagnosed with pneumonia and having a chest x-ray it was determined that further testing was needed. This testing ultimately found that I had stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma.”

The Journey

becky hodgkin survivor journey

“I was diagnosed after being sick for months. I was misdiagnosed with asthma first. After being officially diagnosed, though cancer is never what you want to hear, I was relieved to have answers and a treatment plan. I received 12 rounds of chemo over 24 weeks. I had one hospital admittance during treatment. It wasn’t fun. I had long blonde hair that had to be shaved once it started falling out in clumps. I was on a restrictive diet and lost all strength in my legs. I was fortunate enough to have a supportive boss who allowed me to work from home the week after my treatments to help minimize my exposure to germs and illness. I am now officially cancer free and starting my life over again in a sense.”

Motivation to fight cancer

“Life was my motivation. I’m 34 years old and both of my parents have passed away. They died way too early. Life is precious and short and you have to do everything you can to live life to its fullest. I have wonderful friends and family who have been a great support. My boyfriend used all his work vacation time to be at every treatment session. I live for them and for me.”

The biggest hindrance

“Lack of strength and having to ask for help with simple tasks like opening water bottles. I have neuropathy in my hands and feet so things are hard to do when I can’t feel them.”

Message to other fighters

becky hodgkin survivor message to other cancer patients

“You got this. It’s not going to be fun or easy but know it’s a fight worth fighting. Lean on your friends and family for support.”

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