Hodgkin's Lymphoma - @marilynpriscilla

“My name is Marilyn. Last year I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. A very rare type of cancer (less than 200,000 cases per year in the US) that attacks the lymph system, which is part of the immune system. As it progresses, the body's ability to fight infection becomes more limited. At first, I didn't want to accept my reality. I was always such a healthy person that I could not fathom the idea of being so ill when I felt so great, even if I was told this type of cancer is "the best of the worst". Of course, my acceptance changed when my lymph nodes began to grow uncontrollably, deforming me. This type of cancer can aggravate diverse parts of the body. In my case, many areas were invaded, but the most severe invasion was made to my lungs. So much that a large tumor contorted my chest making it difficult for me to breathe and to speak. Soon after, I decided to do something about this problem. I looked for the doctors and team that I felt I could trust, to treat me. It has been a very painful journey, not only physically, but emotionally as well. Once, I would look at myself in the mirror and not recognize who I was anymore. Now, this has only helped me become stronger. There will always be good in the bad and bad in the good. I am still in this fight against this illness, but I feel better than ever. I have improved so much, motivated by myself and so many beautiful human beings. I wear this necklace to create consciousness of this disease and to let you know that a sickness does not define who you are. It is not easy and it's okay to not be okay all the time, but being aware of that and employing the best attitude will help you a lot. You are not alone. Stay strong. Stay positive. Stay aware.” @marilynpriscilla

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