Tuesday, May 6, 2008

You've got "Nodular Sclerosis Hodgkin's Disease!"

Me: What?

Doctor: Remember when we were talking about the "Hollywood Cancer"? The kind you want to get if you're going to have cancer at all? Well that's what you've got. But it's not really called "Hollywood Cancer" - that's just what we tell patients to keep them from freaking out. It's really called Hodgkin's Disease and you've got the flavor called "nodular sclerosis".

Me: Huh?

Doctor: So the good part is that there's at least a 80% chance you'll be 100% cured which means you'll probably still die in about 50 years but you'll likely die from something other than Hodgkins Disease.

Me: Oh, good...

Doctor: But I've still got to talk to all my home boys here at UCSD Moores Cancer Center about you. You see we get together once a week and brag about all the cool cancer cases we've got. Sure, yours is a pretty pedestrian case of cancer, but hey, it's still real cancer - don't let anyone tell you different - you still get a t-shirt at the end! Wait, what was I talking about? Oh, yeah - I've got to present your case to all the other cancer doctors here on Friday - and assuming that everyone agrees then we'll share the recommended course of treatment with you which will likely be four months of ABVD chemo followed by two weeks of radiation therapy. So six months from now it's possible this will all be behind you.

Me: Thank you God! Thank you Jesus! Thank you Holy Ghost! Thank you family, friends and friends I haven't met who have prayed for me, my family and all those who are sick in body, mind or spirit!

"And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean." Mark 1:40,41

This is not really what my fine doctor, Dr. Castro said. He said it all very professionally. I just reworded it to make the official diagnosis of my cancer sound somewhat light hearted and/or funny. Ha, ha. :) (Except for the last part where the hand of God has assisted those like me who are sick.)


Cherry Aslarona said...

Hi there!

I was also diagnosed with HL in April 2008. Just wanted to see how you're doing as I see no recent updates? Hope treatment is treating you well! Good luck with everything!

Anonymous said...

Hi Dan!

I loved your blog. I was so happy to see how positive it was. I had hodgkins disease same type and kind as you in 1997. And yes, I am still cancerfree with no recurrences. I learned to take better care of myself by having it. I believe the changes in diet, resting more, supplements, exercise have kept me healthy. My sister got it 6 years ago, stage 3. She is cancer free for past 6 yrs. Hope this gives u encouragement! Lori

Anonymous said...

Was just diagnosed yesterday February 28, 2011. Thanks for your posts. Not sure what to expect from this latest adventure. Guess I will find out soon!