Category: My Cancer Story

Port a Cath Removal After Chemo

[caption id="attachment_549" align="alignleft" width="350"]port a cath removal Port a Cath removal[/caption] My Port a Cath removal signified a turning point in my cancer treatment. It meant that my chemotherapy was finished, and that the port was no longer needed, due to the cancer being in complete remission for

Reversal Of Ileostomy Procedure – Finally Back To Normal

[caption id="attachment_527" align="alignleft" width="350"]surgeons performing a reversal of ileostomy reversal of ileostomy[/caption] My reversal of ileostomy surgery was something I had been looking forward to for a long time. Because of the bowel obstruction, and then the resection surgery, I had to have an ileostomy performed. I would

Radiation For Lymphoma – The Next Phase In Treatment

radiation for lymphoma Radiation for Lymphoma is used when the cancer becomes metastatic, or spreads. Because my cancer spread from the lymph nodes in my armpit to the left testicle, the next step in treatment was to irradiate the scrotum area.   Radiation was done at a separate clinic

My PET Scan Test For Cancer

PET scan test for cancer A PET scan test for cancer is a common practice with patients who have finished chemotherapy. I was given mine a few months after my last treatment session. In this post, I want to talk about what a PET scan is, and my

Final Chemo Treatment – The Hard Part Is Finally Done

[caption id="attachment_481" align="aligncenter" width="400"]final chemo treatment final chemo treatment[/caption] A final chemo treatment for any cancer patient is something to celebrate. Since all of my R-CHOP treatments where pretty much the same, I decided to just write about the final session. It's something I'll always remember, as it

Ommaya Reservoir Placement For Intrathecal Chemotherapy

[caption id="attachment_438" align="alignleft" width="350"]ommaya reservoir placement Ommaya Reservoir Placement[/caption] I had my Ommaya reservoir placement just before my small bowel resection procedure. Both of these surgeries occured on March 22, 2012 (2 days before my 42nd birthday). An Ommaya port is used to administer intrathecal chemotherapy. This process

Bowel Obstruction In Small Intestine – An Effect Of Aggressive Cancer

[caption id="attachment_400" align="aligncenter" width="394"]bowel obstruction in small intestine Bowel obstruction in small intestine.[/caption] A bowel obstruction in  small intestine is nothing to take lightly. As it turns out, the abdominal pains and constipation I was experiencing where the result of a blockage and perforation in the small intestine. In