Family first after my non-Hodgkin’s b-cell lymphoma diagnosis

When I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s B-cell lymphoma in August 2015, my main concern was for my family. What was I going to tell my family? And how were my children going to take the news? My husband and I told our children, Stella (11) and Joshua (8), on a Tuesday evening.  We tried to be very honest and transparent. We talked about how things would change and how they could help. My support network during B-cell lymphoma treatment Even though my focus remained on my illness and treatment, I still worried about the kids after our initial conversation. School was about to start, so we met with the principal, school counselor and the kids’ teachers. The counselor told us about a non-profit organization that helps children whose parents have life-threatening illnesses. We wanted to make sure our kids got the best support available, so we looked into it. Just knowing that there were people focused on them was such a blessing. Chemotherapy close to home After my initial B-cell lymphoma diagnosis, I met with Jason Westin, M.D., at MD Anderson for a second opinion. He told me that he would recommend the same chemotherapy regimen that my Austin-based oncologist had — “R-EPOCH.” As he put it, “If they’re going to do the same thing in Austin, you might as well do it there and be close to your family and friends, your support network.” My husband and I decided that I’d receive chemotherapy in Austin. A different decision When my B-cell lymphoma returned in April 2016, I sought a second opinion at MD Anderson. This time, Dr. Westin recommended...