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Battling non Hodgkin's lymphoma

From Levi Jefferson

In 2005 I was diagnosed with non Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) and went through 3 months of chemotherapy. I then had 3 months COP (more chemotherapy) because the first rounds did little good.

I now have really bad nerve damage to my feet. I have to do a lot of cycling to keep healthy. I used to run for exercise but now my feet get bruised really easily. 

In 2009 a CT scan showed the NHL has come back in my hips. My left leg started swelling due to fluid build up. My doctor suggested bexxar because it causes fewer after effects. Before I got treatment I had to use a pressure sock to help with the swelling. After the treatment in April 2010 the swelling went away in two weeks. It is now October and I am back up to 60 miles a week easily and feel good. 

It has taken two months to regain my strength - getting over the anaemia was the hardest part for me. I have a hard time slowing down. I am 58 years old and still fell like I am 40. Good luck to everyone. I see cancer as something that slows me down for a while then just start over.

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Updated: 27 October 2010