September 28, 2011
I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in May of 2011. My mother had just suffered a stroke and I was busy taking care of her and working full time. During my first post-diagnosis consultation with Dr Nimeh I was considering postponing treatment. I knew that I couldn’t take care of my mother if I were suffering from the debilitating side effects of chemotherapy that I had heard about. Dr Nimeh said he understood my concerns and said that the ‘stories’ I had heard about chemotherapy were much more likely to be exaggerated than true. Dr Nimeh explained that there were proven methods of treating the side effects of treatment. I was convinced and began my treatments the following week.
My chemotherapy treatments were almost a relief after what I was expecting. I continued working full time and taking care of my mother at night and on weekends. I took a vacation day from work on the Friday of my treatments so that I would have the weekend to rest and recover. I took my prescribed medications, drank lots of water, and got lots of extra sleep. I never had any symptoms of nausea. I was tired and felt like I had the flu for about 5 days after each treatment. These were the extent of my treatment side-effects. After my course of treatments Dr Nimeh informed me that my PET scan showed I was in full remission. I am very thankful to Dr Nimeh, the infusion nurses, and all of the staff at the Cancer Center for their skilled and thoughtful care.