At the time that a person hears that one of their friends or family has been diagnosed with cancer, the reaction is generally one of great concern and support for the individual involved. To the person with the diagnosis, it becomes a stirring battle between treatment and follow-ups and the attempt to reach remission. Most cancers involved with blood issues—like lymphoma—are generally incurable, but with appropriate treatment and care can be managed over a long period of time. So it is with myself. My diagnosis is MCL lymphoma.
For the past two years, I have been through chemotherapy, several hospitalizations, a series of scans placed on a schedule every several months, and laboratory work. It’s hard to explain or write about the psychological effects that this diagnosis has on the human body: much stress and anxiety between and while waiting for these evaluations of status.
I recently had the opportunity to read a contribution to a magazine called Cure Today written by a survivor of cancer that offers a good presentation of how I and I’m sure every other person with cancer feels day today.
The author of the article, Mike Verano, titles his presentation “Grace Under Pressure: Facing the Follow-Up Visit After Cancer.” I appreciate his allowing me to share it.