Bhumika T
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My experience with Hodgkin's lymphoma

Bhumika T
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20 Aug 2014

I was diagnosed at 23.

Hi I am Bhumika Tahiliani and I am a Dentist.. I was diagnosed when I was in dental school during my internship.. I am 24 now.. I have struggled for around 8 months... I feel great now.. But sometimes I feel very lonely and depressed with everyone around me.. I feel the world is unkind..
I realized its a serious problem when I started getting sever lower backachesand night sweats and fever every single night.. I popped a usual crocin n went back to sleep n continued my routine until one night when I was eating dinner with my friend I got a very severe lower backache that I had to be hospitalized.. My tests began thereafter.. I was sent for a Ct scan of the abdomen and everything seemed normal but i was lucky the doctor at the diagnostic center ordered a ct scan for the chest as he wasnt convinced.. The ct scan of the chest saw some enlarged nodes.. The doctor at the diagnostic center diagnosed it as Tuberculosis.. But somehow I was lucky my family doctor sent me for a biopsy of the chest.. By that time I was weak n thin and I figured someting was really wrong.. I somehow continued going to college.. I was confident my biopsy wil be clear and it was just a good measure to be safe.. But I was wrong it was diagnosed as Hodgkin's Lymphoma.. I almost felt like a loser.. Why me was the first question... My parents didn't show how tensed they were.. My dad took me for a cricket match he got the passes for.. Immediately the next day I went to a haemtologist Dr Abhay Bhave.. He ordered a pet scan and many other tests.. He said I should be admitted immediately after the pet results.. He suggested the chemo port.. He introduced me to a patient who was getting treated with a chemo port.. He explained the advantages for a young girl like me.. I was a stage 3 Hodgkin's lymphoma case which meant I was affected in one of my organs which was the spleen in my case.. I was immediately sent in for surgery for the port and my chemo treatment started the same day..