Hodgkins Disease diagnosed in 2004 after finding a lump in her neck. Eight cycles of ABVD chemotherapy put her into remission.
She found a lump in her neck which was dismissed by her GP on two occasions . On a third visit when the lumps were getting bigger she was referred to a surgeon for a biopsy, which showed she had Hodgkin’s Disease. She was very shocked to learn that she had cancer and that she would need chemotherapy.
She was also concerned about the possible effect of treatment on her future fertility. Chemotherapy was scheduled to start six weeks after diagnosis, allowing her time to come to terms with the diagnosis and to look into possible ways to conserve her fertility. However, she found that this time frame was not long enough to have sufficiently detailed discussions with staff about the possibilites and implications of embryo storage or for her local Health Trust to decide whether they would fund it, so she didn’t feel able to go down this route.
Six chemotherapy cycles were initially scheduled but she had to have eight in all. The chemotherapy (ABVD) was administered via a Hickman line and she had seven infections over the course of six months. She stayed off work throughout her treatment to avoid the risk of infection that went with the level of public contact her job entailed, but returned to work shortly after her last treatment. She has been in remission ever since and has not yet put her fertility to the test.