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Yvette: Surviving Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

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On the Diagnosis

We have been living in Uganda, Africa for as long as I can remember. After we returned from our annual visit to India in early 2013, a node on the left side of my neck started bothering me a bit too much. Years ago, I had a similar one removed from the right side; it was a benign fatty gland.

Alarmed that something similar is cropping up again, I visited my doctor. He was certain there was nothing to worry and prescribed some antibiotics. Given my hectic work schedule, I tried to follow the prescription as much as possible, however the node was growing.

I met an ENT specialist from India who was visiting my city and then another based locally who prescribed a different set of antibiotics. With those, the node started growing twofold in no time. I got operated and was diagnosed of Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

My world came crumbling down. I was not prepared for this, nobody can be. My husband and sons stood by me and we decided to move to India for my treatment.

Yvette Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Things were difficult. Each chemotherapy challenged my sense of positivity and faith. But I stood up each time. When I couldn’t stand on my own, my husband, kids and my sister held me. Their belief in my abilities filled me with a rejuvenated energy.

Life After Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

After a year of chemotherapy and maintenance program, I was able to kick it out of my system. It has been over 5 years now.

Yvette Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma

I believe it is okay to be selfish when it comes to health. If you have a system to follow for better health, do it. Do not compromise to please anyone. Listen to your body. The Almighty will look after the rest.

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