Two years

February 24, 2015 I was officially told I had cancer.  They had told me they suspected cancer before hand, but I had to wait for the biopsy results for the official diagnosis.  I am surprised that two years has already passed and at the same time it almost feels like it happened to someone else sometimes.  I had my bi-yearly scan last month, still all clear, and I am very thankful every time I hear those results.   

Life has changed a lot these past two years.  Changed jobs for a better commute and much less stress.  I just finished volunteer training for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  One thing I found out during training is that they have financial assistance for co-pays, travel, medication, etc.  It's an income based program but for those with a blood cancer, please check it out if you have a need: http://www.lls.org/support/financial-support

My mother-in-law started her chemo for stage IV breast cancer back in the fall.  This is her second time with the beast.  The chemo is actually a pill, which I think is awesome, and she really hasn't had any side effects.  She's doing very well so thank you to everyone who has asked about her and prayed for her. 

In a few more months we'll be heading out for a family vacation to Turks and Caicos.  I will never say that I was happy to have cancer.  It was a terrible time for me and my family.  But the perspective I have on the other side is great.  I'm going to live the hell out of this life.   

 

3 people threw a punch at your cancer.
5 people sent you a prayer.
3 people sent you a hug.
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Way to go Stefanie
! Thanks for my BIG dose of positivity today!
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Says THE inspirational man! Thanks, Khevin!
Ding, ding, ding, we have a winner in the battle against cancer! Hopefully your ONC also told you that if NHL decides to revisit, it is usually in the first year, so Two years out is the new Five years! You've done good Stefanie, and I hope you continue on that pathway. I wish I'd know about BFAC when I was in treatment for NHL, and I wish I'd known about L&LS and their resources as that would have been most helpful to avoid making payments for 4 years. BUT, the good part is, that you are getting the word out so that any new people here can find out about resources and the fine group of people that frequent this site. All the best to your Mom-in-Law with the oral chemo.
MGBY,
John
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I don't know how I would have done it without BFAC. I was such a basket case but being able to read and reach out to people who were going through the same thing was invaluable. I've been preaching signing up for a support group (virtual or otherwise) to new cancer patients. Thanks for all your support, John!
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I know what u mean about having cancer, I'm grateful beyond words and I'm enjoying my bonus life. Enjoy vacation!
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YES! Amazing news on your clean scan! I'm glad your mother in law is handling her chemo well. I've been thinking of you lately so I'm so happy to see this update. Enjoy your vacation in Turks and Caicos - I'm going to celebrate for you and live vicariously through your vacation!
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I'm so glad to hear this from you, congratulations! I want to say that you have done well, but you have also done good, helping others through their treatment with your well-documented blogs, and helping also with your positive attitude and pertinent information.
I have had a rough time with Tx#5 recovery but only one to go--how bad can it be?? :)
Enjoy your holiday to the fullest!
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One more to go, that is awesome! I'm telling you that last one will be easier as long as you keep thinking "this is it, one more and I'm done!!!"
This is one of the greatest posts I've ever read. I LOVE your honesty - and also your ability to make lemonade out of lemons: "I will never say I was happy to have cancer...., but the perspective I have on the other side is great. I'm going to live the hell out of this life.". Stefanie....I admire you SO MUCH!! You should be a paid motivational speaker: you'd make zillions! XO Sue💜💪🏽
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I might be a great motivational speaker but they'd never hear me over my knocking knees! And I wish I could write half as well as you do Susan! Hope all is well with you and the hubby.
Please pray for my son who is 38 and has NHL. He now at MD ANDERSON preparing for the CAR T clinical trial. Our faith has carried these past 10 months and we are hopeful this will be his cure. Pray for Joey plz. God bless you all. Mom
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Anything we can do to help you "live the hell out of this life," you just post an ask. Enjoy the other side‼️You've earned it. Huge hug, B
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You are truly an inspiration! I love how you have changed your life and share your information with other people. I'm looking forward to hearing about the vacation.
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Hi Stef! Wow, 2 years already! I'm glad you have less stress, especially the shorter commute. I think you did Mahhhhhvelous! Your Mother in law could live a long time; friend of friend has brca that returned and she's on maintenance chemo for 12 years! She takes a pill now like your mil. Enjoy your trip, I think the names of those places are so neet. God bless.
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Great News, glad that you have another clean scan under you're belt! Yes, live the hell out of this live....it is the perfect attitude. I am trying to do the same thing, cheers to that!!
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Thank you so much for posting this! (I haven't signed on in months, so just now seeing it). I love your positive spirit and attitude and am striving to embrace the same. Thank you for the hope, encouragement and inspiration!
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February 25, 2015

Maryland

January 23

Cancer Info

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

follicular

February 24, 2015

Stage 3

over 6.1

Rituxan

the unknown

Prayers and good wishes

offer to clean some dishes, bring dinner. basically help my husband please.

Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center

August 5, 2015

Nausea, fatigue, lower back pain, night sweats

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