We Can Beat This: Amanda's fight against Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Organized by: Donna Flynn
September 11th, 2014 was the day I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. I had a biopsy done that day on some swollen lymph nodes above my right collar bone. I saw an oncologist and had a PET scan done. The diagnosis was at a stage 2 bulky. I was told I had a mass behind my breast bone 10x6 cm. So chemo was decided to be the best treatment. I elected to have a portacath put in for chemo. Four cycles of chemotherapy and the first treatment was set for October 7th.
My life has always been a fight honestly. After losing my 3 babies to non ketotic hyperglycinemia and my dad to liver disease, I decided to go to nursing school. A week after getting my first job, Ally Nicole came into my life in December 2011. In February of 2013, our family grew with an 8 month old blonde baby boy named Josh. We were so happy with our babies but the good Lord had other plans. In January of this year, Joshua's baby brother Landon came to us. He was a tiny, happy little 2 month old baby. I never knew I could love Ally, Josh and Landon like I do but the Lord blessed us with these babies and they needed us but I think honestly I needed them more. They healed my heart. I would fight forever for these babies. Besides Tj, who had been my rock, my kids all 6 have taught me how to fight and to love and to heal so that is what I do. Cancer may have me down but I'm not out. I'll always fight. That's all I know.
My motto is #wecanbeatthis because my story isn't just my story, it's my family’s and friends’ story as well. They have my back and are fighting and praying with me. Thanks for everything. I can never repay all the good things and help I have received.