Newly diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease? Scared of the prospect of chemotherapy? I wrote this blog specifically for you … Life Summed Up for a Cancer Survivor: Fingers Perpetually Crossed

This blog provides information on what to expect when undergoing ABVD chemotherapy. ABVD is the most common regimen treatment for both early and advanced stage Hodgkin’s Disease, or Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Hodgkin’s is a rare cancer of the immune system that is most common in young adults between the ages of 15 and 35.

VERY IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER! This blog is NOT meant as medical advice and should never take the place of the information provided by your doctors and nurses. Always consult YOUR MEDICAL TEAM for any questions or concerns you have.

That said, what I wanted to know when I was diagnosed with HL in 2007 was what was ABVD going to REALLY be like. I didn’t want to hear about it second-hand, I wanted to hear about it straight from someone who went through it. And I figured if that was what I wanted to know, probably other people wanted to know that, too. I put this together because I wanted to help the people I knew who would come after me and would be facing the same fears I was facing …

Hence this blog.

With that here are the articles on this site:

  • A Brief History of Dr. Hodgkin and His Disease. Do you like history?  Hodgkin’s Disease is one of the most famous medical eponyms and it has an interesting history.
  • ABVD for Newbies. Here’s the heart of the site — what you can expect from ABVD.
  • Mediports. Since so many people ask questions about getting a mediport, here is my information on chemo ports.

Please feel free to leave comments (comments are held for moderation to avoid spam, but I try to moderate them as quickly as I can).

Linking to this Site.  You are more than welcome to link to this site if you find it useful or helpful.  I only ask that you do not take any of my images and use them on other websites.

About Your Author.  A little bit about me.  I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s in February 2007 when I was 26 years old. I was staged as a III or IV-A.  I had disease all through my chest and left side of my abdomen.  My liver was involved.  I was treated with eight cycles (16 treatments) of ABVD at a major hospital in the midwestern United States. I did not receive any radiation.  And yes, I do run. As of January 2014, I have been in remission for over six years.

2 thoughts on “Home”

  1. Came across your blog while searching for runners getting back after successful treatment. I’m 47, a runner/biker/cardio junkie, diagnosed and treated with ABVD in 2014 (in the Midwest no less!). I’m trying to train again for a marathon and failing miserably. Wondering if you are back to running and how you did it. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks!


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