Hey Guys! I’m new to this site so I thought I’d introduce myself.

My name is Rachel, and at 14 years old I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Since then, I’ve gone into remission and then relapsed, so I had to have a stem cell transplant. I’m now 18 and in remission as far as I know, but I just had a CT scan and I’m really nervous about the results. I have this horrible feeling that my cancer’s come back again. I’m trying to be positive but I don’t think I can go through this for a third time.

I just wish I could feel like a normal kid again.

February 27, 2011 by  
Filed under Community, Coping with Cancer, Survivor Stories

  • Katiee

    I have the same thing. I got diagnosed when I was 16 and I’m going through my second relapse now. It’s really hard to go through and it’s hard to stay positive when it keeps coming back :\ I know exactly what you’re going through. if you wanted to talk you can e-mail me. it’s always nice to have someone be there who understands! katie912010@yahoo.com

  • HannahB

    Hi Rachel, My name is Hannah. I’m 14 and 3 weeks ago I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I just started chemo last week. I’d love to talk to you sometime seeing how we have the same cancer. I hope your results came back good!
    -Hannah

    • Milagros

      Type your comment here.
      hola hannah me gustaría ser tu amiga :) a mi también me diagnosticaron linfoma hodgkin…mi nombre es Milagros si gustas te puedo dar mi correo o tu me das el tuyo :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=649752570 Kyle Chown

    Hey Rachel- I’m Kyle and I have stage 4 Rhabdomyosarcoma. I was diagnosed when I was 15, went into remission after I was 16, and then was rediagnosed when I was 17. I’ll be 18 in a few months. It was rough learning that I had to go through cancer a second time- I’ve been through treatment for another 8 months since I was diagnosed the second time though, and I think it’s been easier the second time around, in some ways. You know what to expect. You know your boundaries, and you know your limits. I wish I could feel like a normal kid too. I get nervous about a lot of the scans that I have. Do you ever get tired of people thinking that you’re so different than them? On the other hand, you wish that people would catch up in maturity. It’s not like I think I’m better than them…just mentally older. Let me know how the scan goes. I keep thinking that I can’t go on for much longer, but I’ve been thinking that for a while and I’m still here. There’s always a way, and it’s always worth it.

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    Somos 112 jovenes entre los 14 y 26 anios de edad, ya organizamos el 1er encuentro Internacional de jovenes con cancer y sobrevivientes
    en el 2012 tendremos en ECUADOR LA 1ERA CONVENCION MUNDIAL DE JOVENES CON CANCER los esperamos
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  • Rachel

    Hey Hannah! Thankfully, my results did come back good, so that’s relieving. I am so sorry to hear that you were diagnosed recently, but I hope you’re coping well with treatment. :) Anyways, I’d love to chat with you.

    I hope you’ll be feeling better soon.

    -Rachel

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002102668076 Karie Dickens

    Hey my name is karie! I was recently diagnosed with stage 4 Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma on october 12th, 2011. I’m not as worried about it because I know a man that can help me and anyone else who needs him and his name is JESUS CHRIST!!!!!!!! I know he will help me with anything. If there is someone that has any questions about my savior Jesus Christ, I would be very happy to answer them. I just started my chemotherapy today october 13th, 2011. If anyone has any questions for me about my cancer i will gladly answer them also. :)

  • TeamHope

    Hey Hannah, my name is Cassidy. I am 15, and though I have not gone through any forms of cancer, all of the women on my mother’s side has gone through multiple forms of breast cancer. I offer you all the blessings in the world, especially because it must be hard growing up with something you can’t control. I look at people like you and say to myself, “They’re really tough.”

    I am doing a project for my Girl Scout Gold Award which tells people who don’t have cancer that people like you are real heroes. My project consists of interviewing 5-10 teenage cancer patients, and then creating a blog to showcase your recovery/struggle. I will also create a brochure geared towards families and people who are greiving, or have trouble coping with this horrible kind of situation. I hope to put in the local hospitals around the CT area (where I live) and dedicate it to all of the people I interviewed. Please email me at cassidykotyla@gmail.com if you want to chat. Thank you and have a great day!
    Cassidy

    • Cassidy

      Sorry, Rachel, I had put Hannah’s name instead. Sorry about that!

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