Hodgkin’s lymphoma was diagnosed in 1993 after she noticed swollen glands in her neck following an infection she contracted while travelling abroad. Twelve sessions of chemotherapy put her into remission.
Before starting university she had been travelling round the world and picked up salmonella and malaria and spent a short while in an isolation hospital. On arrival at university she presented herself to the unversity medical service and explained that she needed to get a stool sample to test her for paratyphi, which they did. But she also said that she still felt tired and had swollen glands even though several weeks had passed since her illness. The university doctor suggested she had glandular fever and told her to rest. But she was concerned that her glandular fever didn’t seem as bad as in other people she knew who had had it.
When she returned home for Christmas she had rows with her mother about whether or not she could go out with her friends because she seemed so ill. Eventually she agreed to see the local GP when the surgery reopened after the Christmas break. Two doctors examined her there, suspected that she didn’t have glandular fever and requested blood tests and an x-ray. The doctors at the hospital suspected Hodgkin’s lymphoma and took a bone marrow sample and a biopsy, which confirmed the diagnosis.
She had 12 sessions of ABVD chemotherapy administered via a Hickman line. Radiotherapy was also planned but was not given because her lymphoma had responded so well to the chemotherapy. She ended up missing the rest of the year of university and went back and repeated it the following year. She has been in remission ever since.