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Jessica Cutler - My Story

Jessica C
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02 Sep 2013

My name is Jessica Cutler.

Last year I was a happy normal 20 year old going to work and going out with friends but I started to fall asleep a lot and getting chest pains but thought nothing of it as I have a reflux and had medication for it but a few weeks later in April I found a lump on the right side of my neck just above my collar bone. I went to the doctors the next day and was sent for blood tests and an ultrasound scan. The blood tests showed my white blood cells were too high and the ultrasound scan came back inconclusive. I was sent to Wythenshawe hospital for further investigation but before my appointment came I had another lump at the front of my neck so I went back to the doctors who sent me to Wythenshawe hospital the same day. I had a needle biopsy done on the lump on the right side of my neck which also came back inconclusive so I had to have some of the lump cut out and a CT scan. The week after on June 19th I went back to get my results and was told I had Hodgkin Lymphoma and was sent to The Christie.

At The Christie I had another CT scan and a couple of appointments with my consultant. I was told I was stage two as the cancer was in my neck and chest and would need 6 months of ABVD chemotherapy which would start 6th August 2012 and had a picc line put in my arm. I went for my first chemotherapy where my consultant told me I wouldn’t be allowed my chemotherapy and would need a pet scan and MRI scan, the cancer had spread to my abdomen and liver an now I was stage 4. I started my chemotherapy 2 weeks later on the 20th August 2012. I had chemo every 2 weeks for 6 months but had one of my chemo's stopped half way through due to it causing damage to my lungs. I was sick on chemo days but 4/5 days later I would be feeling a bit better and only got admitted into The Christie twice due to high temp which they said was chemo fever.

I had my last chemotherapy on Jan 21st 2013 and found out on Feb 18th  2013 the cancer had gone and I was in remission! Then in April I had 3 weeks of radiotherapy on my chest as a precaution. I have met some amazing people at The Christie and made friends for life, especially Nesha who I met at a spa weekend I went to with The Christie and we’ve been really close ever since and the wonderful staff at The Christie are amazing!

Since going into remission I have started my driving lessons, gone back to work, done the race for life with Nesha and a few others and about to do a sky dive for CLIC Sargent. I am also going back to college in September. Me and Nesha are also holding a charity ball in aid of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and the YOU at The Christie. I have also made a list of everything I want to do in life and I am currently going through it and ticking things off I have done/ planned. This experience has taught me to live life to the full and enjoy every minute of it.

The ball is being held at the Palace Hotel in Manchester on 27TH September and its £45 a ticket. There will be a raffle, auction and 3 course meal. It would be great if you could come and join us on this night and help us raise as much money as possible for these two amazing charities that mean so much to us.

If you've recently been diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma and have yet to receive treatment you could be eligible to take part in a new clincial trial. Read more here.

Comments

Anonymous
05.09.2013

Your story is so similar to mine, so strange to read about someone else's experience. I was 26 when I was diagnosed. I found a massive lamp just above my collarbone on the right side! It took the hospital 4 months to figure out i had HL! Started chemo 2/9/2012. Been in remission since march 2012 living life to the full. We deserve to be very proud of ourselves :) x

Anonymous
05.09.2013

It is strange our stories are so similar and around the same time! It is very common but just not a cancer you hear about often but I have met like 8 people who have had the same as us. Glad to hear your in remission and doing well! :) x

Anonymous
12.05.2014

It is really frustrating to be on a situation where you never wanted. But it happen unexpectedly and all we can do is accept things.. I admire your strong self that in-spite of the pains you tried yourself to strive hard..

Anonymous
12.05.2014

It can be very frustrating but your right you just have to accept things and just get on with it in a situation like this there's not much else you can do..., aww thank you! That means a lot! :)

Anonymous
12.05.2014

It can be very frustrating but like you said we have to accept it and just get on with things, in a situation like this that's all you can do.. Aww thank you! Means a lot! :)