This may seem a very blunt message, and maybe overly so, yet it is something that I've been recently reminded of and something I feel is important to remember for me, and for those who read this blog.
Hodgkin's Lymphoma is the most treatable cancer out there - but it is important to know that people do die of it. There is a cancer support forum that i have been a member of for many years and within the last few weeks there have been two huge loses on there.
The majority of people respond to treatment. I was fortunate enough that my glands showed a 'complete response' after the first dose of the ABVD cocktail. Yet others are not so fortunate. For others the battle starts with ABVD and goes to many other drugs, often leading to experimental clinical trials.
Anyone who has Hodgkin's should be reassured that in most cases it is treatable and cured - yet it is important to remember that it is not that way for everyone. It is sometimes called the 'good cancer' and talked about lightly, due to high cure rates, yet I feel out of respect for those who have not been able to fight it off we should be very careful when talking about it in that way.
Life is fragile. Illness can be fatal. Lymphoma is a cancer and it can kill