5 things I learned from my non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma treatment

In late 2014, I was diagnosed with peripheral T-cell lymphoma, a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. At the time, I had no idea what that would entail or how it would affect my life. Here are five things I learned after going through treatment. 1. Surrender to the healing process. Once you’ve accepted your diagnosis and decided where you want to be treated, it’s important to have faith in your care team. Ask questions whenever you need to, of course, but trust their expertise. This way, you can focus on the process of healing. To get where I am today, I had to go through two stem cell transplants, a clinical trial, and even a brief, medically induced coma. I also had to try several different drugs in preparation for my second stem cell transplant under Dr. Amin Alousi, before finding a targeted therapy drug called alemtuzumab that worked. But I’m glad we persisted, because after a few rounds of it, I was able to have my allogeneic stem cell transplant on July 12, 2017. And, so far, I remain cancer-free. 2. Stay positive. At some point in your cancer treatment, it might feel like you’re going through hell. And, in many ways, you are! But in order to stay upbeat from one day to the next, it’s crucial to believe you can beat this and come out on the other side of it. Cancer treatment can be grueling, but I always had the attitude that MD Anderson was going to get me through it. Today, I’m still dealing with some side effects of my treatment, like nausea and fatigue....