World Lymphoma Awareness Day Hodgkin's Lymphoma Symptoms

In 2013, I lost my uncle to cancer and watched my little 21-year-old brother go through open-heart surgery to remove tumors from his body. The tumors were tested and came back to be Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

My youngest was just born, and I was waiting on my husband, a soldier in the United States Army, to return home from war. I became very sick. I had trouble breathing, chest pressure, extreme exhaustion, dizziness, night sweats, swollen lymph nodes, and sudden weight loss. Three months after my little brother was diagnosed, I found that my body, too, had Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

Then my father ended up being diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, also a blood cancer.

People I grew up with started privately reaching out to me to tell me that they, too, have cancer. That's when I realized my calling in life had dramatically changed. I began collecting names. There was no going back to living a "normal" life. I couldn't stop thinking about the people I grew up with who also endured the torment of this disease; their stories, their families, and their children. Those countless names ignited a fire within me, which began my journey to find answers and becoming an environmental health activist where Fight For Zero was born.

I think it's especially crucial for the people who grew up on Florida's space coast to be aware. #WorldLymphomaAwareness

Lymphoma is a type of cancer that develops in the lymphatic system and involves the immune system cells.
It can be found in various parts of the body, including lymph nodes, thymus, spleen, and bone marrow.

The two most common types of lymphoma are non-Hodgkin lymphoma and Hodgkin lymphoma.

Symptoms of lymphoma may share similar characteristics with other illnesses, such as a cold or the flu. If you experience symptoms that do not go away after more than two weeks or are recurring, consult your doctor.

Lymphoma symptoms include fever, fatigue or lethargy, loss of appetite or vomiting, sudden and dramatic weight loss, night sweats and chills, unexplained pain or swelling, difficulty moving body parts...

About 1 in 4 people have symptoms such as;

  • A weak immune system.
  • Increased risk of infections (because of a low white cell count).
  • Swollen lymph nodes (learn where your nodes are).
  • Pressure in your chest and/or upper back.
  • Breathlessness
  • Heavy sweating - especially at night (not from menopause). 
  • Dry cough that lasts weeks. 
  • Itchy skin. 
  • Unexplained weight loss. 
  • Extreme fatigue. 
  • Anemia.

An X-ray may show abnormalities or a shadow. This cancer can easily be misdiagnosed as bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma, or a panic attack. If you have persisting pain in your chest, it's good to get an X-ray and some blood work done.

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