My training and my experience as a nurse for more than 30 years never prepared me for the call I received on August 27, 1998. "Katy, you have lymphoma." Over the next two weeks, the testing revealed that I had stage IV, aggressive large B cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. I was assured that this was the best form of lymphoma to have because it was very responsive to chemotherapy. My oncologist was not wrong. I received eight cycles of CHOP chemotherapy and went into remission. I then traveled to Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for autologous stem cell transplant to keep me in remission for a longer period of time.
I remain in complete remission, and after being granted a second chance in life I try to give back to the community as much as possible, especially volunteering with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Throughout my cancer journey I have used humor and open communication to cope with the disease. A positive attitude is a must, along with a strong support system and the power of prayer.
Live well, Laugh often, Love much! Peace to all...