Diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2005 after experiencing breathlessness. Fluid removed from around her heart followed by chemotherapy injected in her spine as well as intravenously. In remission.
She suddently developed breathlessness which caused her difficulty in walking and climbing stairs. One night while her husband was phoning for medical advice on her behalf she fainted, fell and banged her nose, causing two black eyes. She was taken by ambulance to A&E where they did some tests and diagnosed pneumonia. They drained two litres of fluid from around her heart and a biopsy of her thymus gland showed she had lymphoma.
She was transferred to another hospital where she had methotrexate chemotherapy injected into her spine in between four doses of intravenous CHOP chemotherapy. After the third dose she contracted MRSA and was admitted to an isolation ward where she had intravenous antibiotics alongside her chemotherapy. After the fourth dose she contracted another infection. She was then given two doses of a chemotherapy called ICE, alternating with two doses of methotrexate, all administered through a Hickman line. During this treatment regime she needed two blood transfusions and also contracted shingles. She is now in remission.